Photos from Building Trades of Alberta’s post
The labour movement is built on advocating for worker rights for fair pay, safe working conditions, fair treatment and health benefits and pensions, to name a few of the hills that our predecessors have fought (and died) on.
On December 19, 1966, the government of Canada proclaimed the federal Medical Care Act, providing a basic level of coverage for all Canadians, based on the very same values that that we and our brothers and sisters have been fighting to protect for decades.
According to Allan J. MacEachen, Minister of National Health and Welfare at the time,
“The government of Canada believes that all Canadians should be able to obtain health services of high quality according to their need for such services and irrespective of their ability to pay. We believe that the only practical and effective way of doing this is through a universal, prepaid, government-sponsored scheme.”