The NDP Thursday called for a national framework to improve the quality of end-of-life care in Canada. Libby Davies, the NDP’s health critic and MP for Vancouver East, introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons calling for a co-ordinated, national response to continuing care. The bill was seconded by Charlie Angus, ethics critic and MP for Timmins-James Bay, who added a motion to establish a national strategy on palliative care specifically. “We know that many, many Canadians are falling through the cracks, we know that there’s not enough home care, long-term care or palliative care to meet the current demand in Canada,” Davies said.
NDP deputy leader Libby Davies, Liberal public safety critic Wayne Easter and Green MP Elizabeth May all spoke out at the morning press conference, held to encourage federal safety minister Steven Blaney to sign the required paperwork for Emery’s transfer home...Davies, who has been involved in the case since the beginning, said she was also disturbed by the very “political” comments that reportedly came from the minister’s office. “This press conference is not about the war on drugs, it is about a Canadian, who has been cleared by U.S. to return home,” said Davies. “I think it is better for Mr. Emery and his family to be here.”