Nanaimo’s Rally of the Rock condemns health care cutbacks, privatization

Amid chants of “liar, liar,” about 100 people converged on Nanaimo’s library square for a noon hour rally today to protest the Campbell government’s cutbacks to health and social services and condemn the passage of Bill 29, which shredded collective agreements one year ago and paved the way for privatization.

In recognition of the devastating effects Campbell’s agenda is having on individuals, families, workers and their community, protesters brought cans of non-perishable food items for the local food bank.

Health care workers who were recently laid off at Malaspina Gardens, a long-term care facility that’s contracted out all its support services to a private company, also made a $100 financial contribution. The donation highlighted the impact job losses are having on laid off workers and expressed solidarity with anti-poverty activists.

Protesters also heard from several speakers representing a cross section of the community including seniors, anti-poverty activists, health care workers and social housing advocates.