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August 25, 2021
Blog Pharmacare

Op-ed - No more excuses: pharmacare now

The following opinion editorial first appeared in The Province on August 25, 2021. No more excuses: pharmacare now By Steve Morgan and Linda Silas Nearly a quarter century ago, the federal government hosted a conference on national pharmacare in Saskatoon – the birthplace of Canadian medicare. The meeting was extraordinarily frustrating to delegates who anticipated […]

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August 14, 2021
Blog Pharmacare

Op-ed: All parties in this pandemic election should agree on one big issue – national pharmacare

The following opinion editorial was published by the Canadian Labour Congress and first appeared in the National Newswatch on August 14, 2021. All parties in this pandemic election should agree on one big issue – national pharmacare By Beatrice Bruske, Doug Roth and Linda Silas On August 11th, the federal and Prince Edward Island governments signed an […]

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April 19, 2021
Child Care COVID-19 Federal Budget Long-term care Media Release Pharmacare

Budget 2021 falls short for nurses – from pharmacare to health transfers

April 19, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – After over two years without a full accounting of federal spending, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) was disappointed by today’s release of Budget 2021. As we continue to grapple with another wave of COVID-19, the CFNU looked to the federal government to continue providing significant investments in […]

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February 24, 2021
Media Release Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses frustrated by rejection of national pharmacare bill

MEDIA RELEASE February 24, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) expressed disappointment and frustration at the outcome of today’s vote on Bill C-213, An Act to Enact the Canada Pharmacare Act. Liberal, Conservative and Bloc Members of Parliament rejected the private member’s bill, introduced by New Westminster-Burnaby MP and NDP House Leader, […]

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February 22, 2021
Blog Pharmacare

Silas: Enough talk – it’s time to make pharmacare a reality with Bill C 213

We’ve had enough of resolutions and public polls – It’s time for MPs to make pharmacare a reality with Bill C 213 According to a 2019 national poll conducted jointly by the CFNU and Heart & Stroke, 93 percent of Canadians felt it was important for everyone in Canada to have equal access to prescription […]

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February 19, 2021
Blog Pharmacare

Too many people are struggling to pay for their medications

The following opinion editorial by Hassan Yussuff (CLC president), Doug Roth (Heart & Stroke CEO) and Linda Silas (CFNU president) was published in Toronto Star on February 19, 2021. Too many people are struggling to pay for their medications A silent health crisis is looming as more people struggle to pay for their prescription drugs. […]

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February 16, 2021
Canadian Labour Congress Media Release Pharmacare

New joint campaign calls on feds to take immediate action on pharmacare

Media Release New joint campaign calls on feds to take immediate action on pharmacare Health and labour groups aligned in push for universal access to prescription drugs         February 16, 2021 – Ottawa, ON – Heart & Stroke, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) have teamed up to raise the […]

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December 15, 2020
Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses support Bill C-213 for a Pharmacare Act

The following letter was sent to Peter Julian, Member of Parliament, on December 11, 2020. Dear Mr. Julian, I am writing you to offer my strongest support for Bill C-213, An Act to enact the Canada Pharmacare Act. A national, universal, single-payer pharmacare program is needed more urgently than ever before. Millions of people across […]

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November 30, 2020
Pharmacare

Nurses respond to fall economic update: too many Canadian families still without vital medicines

Nurses welcome investments in long-term care, but too many Canadian families still without access to vital medicines November 30, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – With today’s fall economic update, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) welcomed the federal government’s announcement of new funding for long-term care, housing and pandemic response measures, along with supports for […]

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November 24, 2020
COVID-19 Media Release Pharmacare

Letter to PM Trudeau: The need for universal pharmacare is URGENT

November 24, 2020 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Freeland and Minister Hajdu, Following the September 23 Throne Speech, we once again commend you for your ongoing commitment […]

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