Auditor General says Canada’s diabetes strategy is failing to prevent diabetes



House of Commons


May 1, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, it is ironic. When they were in opposition they sure wanted to know what happened to the money then.

The Auditor General has also raised the alarm about Health Canada’s pathetic efforts to prevent and control diabetes.

Health Canada has “no strategy, no priorities, no deliverables, no timelines and no performance measures”,

And to add insult to injury, 30% of the program costs went to administration.

How does the minister explain this abysmal failure?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, Minister of Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for Arctic Council, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, we have implemented or are in the process of implementing all the recommendations in the report.  Prevention is critical when it comes to tackling diabetes.  Our government invests in community-based programs, such as the Canada prenatal nutrition program, aboriginal Headstarts, Nutrition North Canada, to promote nutrition and improve access to healthy, traditional, and store-bought food.

I announced $25 million over 10 years for four pathways to health equity for aboriginal peoples, which look at obesity and other chronic diseases to improve the health outcomes of aboriginal peoples.