Why is the Conservative government ignoring the health of Northern Canadians?



House of Commons


April 15, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the international embarrassment is now spreading from the environment to health issues.

In 2011, Conservatives abandoned the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being.

This is a critical international forum tackling major health issues in the north and now we learn the Conservatives are refusing to pay their outstanding dues.

Why are the Conservatives ignoring the health needs of northern Canadians and why are they further isolating Canada on the world stage?

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

Mr. Speaker, our government is pleased to have contributed to the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being.  In 2011, I informed the organization that Canada would no longer work with the partnership as an official member.  Our government will continue to focus and prioritize its efforts to address northern health issues through other existing networks like the Artic Council.