Statement on rural health care and celebrating family doctors


House of Commons


November 5, 2013

Mr. Speaker,

I was very fortunate to visit PEI in early summer with Mike Redmond, Leader of the PEI NDP. We heard about the many challenges people face in accessing rural health care and how provincial resources are stretched to the max. 

In particular I want to support the rural community of Souris that I visited. Residents displayed extraordinary unity to maintain their longstanding local access to services. 

The Conservative government’s cuts to the health care transfers are compromising health care in rural communities and putting thousands of Islanders’ health at-risk.

This week we celebrate Family Doctor Week in Canada.  Each and every day in this country, family doctors diagnose and treat illness and injury, promote disease prevention and good health, coordinate care and advocate on behalf of their patients. 

I want to thank family physicians for the invaluable contribution they provide to Canadians’ health and wish the College of Family Physicians a productive Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver this week.