Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise in the House today to support my colleague, the member for Timmins—James Bay, and this great motion that he has brought before the House.
It is a simple and straightforward motion, but it is incredibly important. As the member outlined, it is really about establishing a pan-Canadian palliative care, end-of-life care strategy. It is about providing more support for caregivers, improving the quality and consistency of home and hospice, palliative, end-of-life care, and actually encouraging Canadians to discuss this issue.
When we look at our health care system, sometimes we think that things do not affect us. However, I think it is very true to say that we have all had experiences where a family member, a close friend or maybe a neighbour has been in the situation where they are approaching the end of their life, and it becomes a real struggle in terms of where they might be and what kind of care they might receive.
Palliative care and end-of-life care, whether it is in a hospice or at home, is something that is really very deep. It is very meaningful.