Medicare march planned for Charlottetown

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Mary Boyd, chair of the P.E.I. Health Coalition welcomes Alex Himelfarb to a celebration lobster dinner at Trinity church in Charlottetown Thursday, Aug. 28. Himelfarb, once Canada's highest ranking civil servant, is on the Island as a guest of the Canadian Health Coalition to lobby for health issues to the meeting of premiers underway in Charlottetown.

The P.E.I. and Canadian Health Coalitions are planning a march in support of medicare beginning at noon today in Charlottetown.

It will start from Trinity United Church, corner of Prince and Richmond streets, to the new convention centre at the bottom of Queen Street.

The march route is Prince to Grafton streets, Grafton to Queen streets and along Queen to the Convention Centre. The marchers will be led by a piper.

The coalitions say they want the premiers and territorial leaders “to stand up for medicare and take a leadership role in getting the federal government back to the table.”

Speakers will include: Mike McBane, co-ordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition; Linda Silas, national president of Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions; Mary Boyd, chair of the P.E.I. Health Coalition; Alex Himelfarb, author of Tax is Not a Four Letter Word and former clerk of the Privy Council; Adrienne Silniki, incoming co-ordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition; Sandra Azocar, co-ordinator of the Alberta Health Coalition; Dr. Monika Dutt, president of Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

Organizations: Canadian Health Coalitions, Trinity United Church, Convention Centre Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions P.E.I. Health Coalition Privy Council Alberta Health Coalition

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I., Queen Street

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