Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas, an engaging and articulate public voice for a national drug insurance plan, enhanced public health care, and the rights of all working people, said yesterday she is ending her campaign to lead the Canadian Labour Congress.
The global pandemic has upset a lot of plans and it was the continuing impact of COVID-19 that led Ms. Silas to reconsider her bid to lead Canada’s national labour organization, which she announced in January 2020.
“The primary issue that keeps me awake at night is the state of Canada’s health care system,” Ms. Silas said yesterday morning in a statement published on the CFNU’s website.
She asked: “What will our precious Canadian public health care – already stretched thin before the pandemic – look like once the emergency measures are lifted? Simply put, it will be sick and tired, just like the nurses and staff who have been holding it up on their backs this past year.”
Therefore, said the Registered Nurse from New Brunswick, “with this huge challenge in front of us, I must stay focused on supporting Canada’s nurses, who have put their faith and trust in me to lead them for the last 18 years.”
That is good news for Canadian nurses, and not just the ones that have the good fortune to be members of unions affiliated with Ms. Silas’s…