With Growing Support for NDP Initiative it is Time for the Conservatives and Liberals to Make Their Stances Known

The need for a national palliative care strategy is the common sense option staring Canada’s political parties in the face. This is the message the New Democrats are hearing from health, seniors and grassroots organizations working with the issue of end of life care. As support grows for the Parliamentary Motion by Charlie Angus (M 456) on the establishment of a a “pan-Canadian palliative care strategy” it is time for other political parties to make their position on end of life care clear.


Angus says the language for the Parliamentary Motion comes from an all-party study that recognized the need for a “pan-Canadian strategy.”


“Palliative care is a solution staring politicians in the face. It saves money for the system. It provides better health outcomes and has an enormously positive impact on families. And yet we are not seeing anything by Liberals or Conservatives to move this issue at the party level. This is a debate that is needed in Parliament.”


Angus is calling on grassroots health and community organizations to push their elected MPs to make their position known on the importance of a pan-Canadian strategy on end of life care.


Groups that are supporting the motion include:


  • Canadian Pharmacist Association
  • Canadian Pallium Foundation
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH)
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Alliance
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Network
  • Institute of  Canadian Justice
  • Canada Research Char in Palliative Care Director
  • Canadian Home Care Association
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice
  • BC Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Ovarian Cancer Canada
  • Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET)
  • Canadian  Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG)
  • Capital Health Integrated Palliative Care
  • Division of Palliative Medicine, DalhousieUniversity
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
  • Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit
  • HospicePEI
  • Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit
  • Department of Family Medicine, University of Manitoba
  • Diocèse de Rouyn-Noranda (Québec)- Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda (Québec)
  • Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit
  • Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP)