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June 12, 2019

"NUPGE supports the recommendations in the Hoskins report and calls on the federal government to implement universal, single-payer, public pharmacare" – Larry Brown, President

April 1, 2019

"There are millions of people who are without the vital drugs they need because drug costs are so high. Not everyone can afford private coverage, especially young people, workers in precarious jobs, the unemployed and seniors; we need a system that is there for everyone." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

September 21, 2017

"I am very pleased to send this letter of support, and please know that we stand with you in your struggle to help the millions of U.S. citizens who do not have access to health care." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

June 14, 2017

“As it is, the agreement ignores the federal government’s election promise to create a ‘framework ensuring affordable, high-quality, fully inclusive child care is available to all families who need it’; it does not make universality even a long-term goal,." — Morna Ballantyne, executive director, Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC).

December 21, 2015

"The federal government has a major role to play in combating seniors' poverty in the most effective way — by increasing the benefits to the CPP." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President 

July 13, 2015

*“A big element that the provincial government is missing is that the program will be partially self-financing as more women will be able to go to work.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

March 18, 2015

"The question no longer is can we afford a universal prescription drug program, it's can we afford not to?" — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

October 23, 2014

Universal child care can be a money-maker for government, wind under the wings of student achievement, and a powerful force for equality between women and men. What’s to stop us? Only the ignorant—perhaps willful—misrepresentations of universal child care coming from the federal Tories and dogmatic newspaper columnists.