Libby urges the Health Minister to reinstate women’s health research funding



House of Commons


April 26, 2012

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, based on that response, we gather that it is perfectly all right to make women pay the price for the government’s damaging cuts.

Does the minister understand that these groups may be forced to close their doors permanently at a time when we need to know more about women’s health, not less.

The Centres of Excellence improve women’s health outcomes, and that is something that we all benefit from.

Why is the minister arguing against the health promotion work of these groups, work that saves health care dollars?

Will the minister reverse these cuts?

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, CPC):

As I said, Mr. Speaker, this fund was established at a time when there were not many programs aimed toward women’s health. We have spent more money than other government in promoting women’s health. Our government continues to assist the provinces and territories in the delivery of health care. We will be transferring historic amounts over the next few years; $40 billion by the end of the decade. Again the NDP members voted against each one of those initiatives.