Bill C-277, my private member’s bill, is up for third reading in the House this month.
Bill C-277 provides a framework for palliative care in Canada including defining the services to be covered, training requirements for those providing different levels of care, and a plan to see consistent access across the country. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay
The need for palliative care has been a topic of discussion for years. However, with 70 per cent of Canadians having no access to any type of palliative care, action has been slow.
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'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.
Furey’s greatest challenge will not be enthusiasm or passion, but rather the provincial political system that has rarely rewarded disruption and provides benefits for ward keepers who do not shake things up.