"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
"Implementing National Pharmacare is a must, the Trudeau government's own advisory panel says so in its interim report. Politics must not get in the way of doing the right thing for the country the government must commit to act." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare has invited NUPGE to participate in its discussions.
“What’s the point of having your diagnosis covered, if you can’t afford the medication you need? The lack of access to medically necessary medicines is not only a major gap in our system, it is contrary to the very principle of medicare for all.” — Sara Labelle, OPSEU, Hospital Professionals Division
"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
“Until those searches are carried out, correctional officers and inmates are going to be at risk from weapons like ceramic knives. If a full institutional search had taken place, the injuries that the officer suffered at Central East could have been avoided.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Nova Scotia government bows to pressure by seniors and advocates to halt changes to its Seniors' Pharmacare Program.
As the Health Ministers from the federal-provincial-territorial governments meet in Vancouver to discuss a new Health Accord, the National Union of Public and General Employees calls on them to defend and expand the Canadian health care system.
Ottawa (19 Jan. 2016) — On the eve of an important national meeting on Canada’s health care system, James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), wants to remind the Health Ministers of the importance of their task.
"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
For World AIDS Day, December 1, the National Union continues to support the Bracelet of Hope campaign and urges others to do likewise.