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April 22, 2015 |
For Canadians across this country access to quality public health care is a priority. But the 2015 budget shows it's not for the federal government.

Harper's policies on drugs are embarrassingly backwards

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Do the Harper government's drug policies link a national pharmacare plan with harm reduction and safe-injection sites?

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This is your prime minister on drugs

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Stephen Harper's policies on drugs are embarrassingly backwards. In Canada right now, millions of people are paying out of pocket for medically necessary prescriptions and supplies, or, becoming ill when they can no longer afford to. At the same time, proven life-saving initiatives like Insite, Vancouver's safe-injection site for drug users, are being threatened by new legislation. Canadian communities need a national pharmacare program but instead, on March 23 the Harper government passed the second reading of Bill C-2, the "Respect for Communities Act," to throw up roadblocks in the creation of safe-injection sites.

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March 27, 2015 |
We are sounding the alarm to alert Canadians about the need for federal leadership on public health care.
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| February 18, 2015

Harper's terrible plan for Canada

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Harper always said you wouldn't be able to recognize Canada after he was done with it... and boy was he right!

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Stripping the national cupboard bare: Harper's plan for Canada

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The Harper government's anti-democratic actions have been so numerous, it's easy to lose track of them.

I almost forgot, for instance, about the way it clamped down on that little bird-watching group in southwestern Ontario, putting its charitable status under surveillance after the group raised concerns about government-approved chemicals damaging bee colonies.

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Spreading holiday cheer by debunking health-care myths

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It's that time of year. The holiday season, when people seem to be divided over embracing the joy of the season or counting down the days until January 2 with clenched teeth. I admit I am in the latter camp. While I accept that many lovely things happen for people at this time of year, my eye is drawn more to the less-spoken-of underbelly -- the slogans of goodwill that obscure the social inequality so many people face.

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Watch: Keep Health Care Public!

Keep Health Care Public! tells the story of the Harper government's massive attack on public health care and medicare in Canada. There will be $36 billion taken out of public health care!

Hear Maude Barlow, Paul Moist, Rosalee Longmoore, Larry Hubich, Erin Weir, Dr. Ryan Meili talk about how we can fight back.

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