This summer, Winnipeg will host the 2023 Council of the Federation's meeting of Canada’s Premiers, July 10-12.

CFNU's National Executive Board has arranged a breakfast meeting on July 11 and a rally in support of our public health care system is planned for 11:45 a.m. on the 11th.

The Council of the Federation, which hosts the annual summer meeting, is comprised of all 13 provincial and territorial Premiers. Its function is encourage collaboration, show leadership on important issues that matter to Canadians and to foster constructive relationships among governments.

MNU in conjunction with the Manitoba Health Coalition, the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Canadian Health Coalition and a host of other organizations/unions will host a rally on Tuesday, July 11, to call attention to the plight of our health care system across the country, to stop privatization and to demand Pharmacare Now.

The Save Public Health Care Rally starts at 11:45 a.m. at the Upper Fort Garry site at the corner of Main and Broadway, and will then proceed to the Union Centre for a rally in front of the 1919 mural on the east side of the building. There will be speakers at the rally who will address the need for governments to act swiftly and strongly in support of our public healthcare system.

“We are encouraging MNU members who may be on vacation or off-shift to please join us and show our elected officials just how passionate we are about turning this ship around. It's not too late to save our public healthcare system,” said MNU President Darlene Jackson, who is expected to speak during the rally.

“Nurses know just how much is at stake right now, we need action to deal with the staffing crisis we find ourselves in.”

We will have lawn signs on hand. Please read the section below on the Change Starts With Us conference for more on our current campaign.

It’s important to remember that while the federal government is responsible for the Canada Health Transfer funds and setting the core criteria for healthcare across the country, it is the provincial governments that are responsible for the development and implementation of policies and programs related to our health care systems and delivery of health care services.

That’s why our message to the 13 provincial and territorial leaders must be a strong one: fix health care now!

Click this link to view the poster for this event, and please share it with your friends, family and colleagues.