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NDP signals plan to end cuts to northern health care

Sudbury’s Federal NDP candidates seek investment in front line health care workers
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Nadia Verrelli (left) is the NDP candidate in Sudbury, while Andréane Chénier is the party’s candidate in Nickel Belt.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made a commitment on Aug. 19 to end cuts to the public health care system. A release states the cuts were “started by the Conservatives and continued by Justin Trudeau,” and an end to them means investment in front line health care in Northern Ontario.

“Years of consecutive Conservative and Liberal cuts has left northern health care stretched thin,” said Nadia Verrelli, candidate for Sudbury.  “This pandemic has shown everyone that public health care is critical to saving lives and must be there for us when and where we need it. 

“Jagmeet Singh's plan to stop these devastating cuts and invest in hiring more nurses and front-line health care workers is what northern families need now.”

Singh was in Alberta on Thursday where he stood alongside nurses and health care workers to announce that an NDP government would create a $250 million Critical Shortages Fund to address the shortage of nurses and health care workers across Canada and ensure that provinces also commit funding specifically for health care workers. The federal fund would help train and hire 2,000 nurses.

Singh committed to hiring more nurses and vowed to stop premiers from attacking Canadian health care.

“In Ontario, Northern health care has been cut from all sides.  Doug Ford continued 15 years of Liberal cuts to our public health care system, he made deep cuts to long-term care and he wants to cut our public health units that have been there for us during this pandemic,” said  Andréane Chénier, the NDP Nickel Belt candidate.

“Justin Trudeau never reversed Conservative cuts and during this COVID crisis our hospitals, nurses and frontline health workers have been exhausted.  It’s time to stop attacking them with more and more cuts,” said Chénier. “This election we can reverse those cuts, strengthen our health care system with more nurses and front-line health workers for northerners and our families.”