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Election budget 2009 leaves health authorities hanging until 2011

Todays 2009/2010 provincial budget announcements failed to provide any new money for health care in British Columbia until 2011.  In addition, the budget included no movement towards the creation of previously promised not-for-profit residential beds or any new funding for seniors care.

-In times of economic crisis, providing the ability for health authorities to invest in home and community care today would be a productive form of economic stimulus that would benefit communities across the province, said Leslie Dickout, Medicare Campaigner, BC Health Coalition.

Budget 2009 shows BC Liberals in holding pattern in lead-up to May provincial election

Todays budget tabled by the BC Liberal government makes it clear that the BC Liberals are in a holding pattern until the next provincial election, says Reid Johnson, president of the Health Sciences Association of BC. HSA represents more than 15,000 health science professionals who provide clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services in hospitals and community facilities.

HSA support still available for members participating in the provincial election

HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working on campaigns in the May 12, 2009 provincial election can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund:

1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 20 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

Labour to campaign for economic change

Canadas labour leaders have given a resounding thumbs-down to the economic stimulus package presented in the federal budget. While it may address some of the difficult circumstances that working families face, they say it is fundamentally flawed and fails to address the problems faced by the hundreds of thousands of people who are losing their jobs.

Time for a poverty reduction plan for BC

On February 5, 2009, more than 200 organizations and community leaders joined together to call on all BC political parties to commit to a comprehensive, legislated poverty reduction plan.

Health Sciences Association of BC is one of the more than 200 organizations to sign onto an open letter calling for a commitment to a comprehensive poverty reducation plan. 

Stimulus too timid; tax cuts ineffective — NUPGE

The Harper government has let Canadians down again with a stimulus package that is short on the bold investments needed to boost the economy, create jobs and protect vulnerable families, says the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

The union says the budget is not equal to the challenges facing the country and should be significantly amended or defeated.

Read more on the NUPGE website.

Canadians want greater investment in public services for families

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to meet with Canada's first ministers this week to discuss the economic downturn and the next federal budget, a new Nanos Research poll suggests Canadians want a stimulus package that invests in public services at the top of the federal agenda.
 
Commissioned by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the poll asked Canadians about their attitudes on:

Economic stimulus must focus on job creation not tax cuts

In the wake of rising unemployment numbers across the country, the B.C. Federation of Labour is calling on the federal government to focus on economic stimulus measures which will protect and create Canadian jobs, assist unemployed workers and protect pension plans.

CCPA calls for 2% GDP stimulus to create 407,000 jobs

Ottawa (7 Jan. 2009) - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is calling for a one-year national stimulus plan to create 407,000 jobs, boost the economy by 3% and shield Canadians from the worst of the global recession.

As part of its annual Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) to be made public later in January, the centre released advance proposals Tuesday to stimulate the economy in the face of what is now often described as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.