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Canada’s registered nurses anticipate renewed health emphasis in federal speech from the throne

December 2, 2015, Ottawa — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is anticipating a confirmation of the Liberal government’s renewed focus on health in Friday’s throne speech. In the mandate letters to cabinet published last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Health Minister Jane Philpott priority goals that included strengthening Canada’s publicly funded, universal health-care system and engaging provinces and territories in the development of a new multi-year health accord.

“We applaud the prime minister’s commitment to key health issues such as home care, for which we’ve been advocating this past year,” said CNA president Karima Velji. “It’s important these priorities be carried forward into the speech from the throne because better health for all Canadians requires the commitment of a whole government, not just one portfolio.”

For the lead-up to the election, CNA launched a #homeishealth digital campaign calling for harmonized principles for home care, increased support for family caregivers and enhanced community- and home-based health care. The association, which represents Canada’s largest group of health-care professionals, is optimistic about finding a primary health care champion in Philpott, who was the founding lead physician for a family health team clinic in her riding of Markham-Stouffville.

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CNA is the national professional voice representing 135,000 registered nurses in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.


For more information, please contact:
Kate Headley, Manager of Communications
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Cell: 613-697-7507
E-mail: kheadley@cna-aiic.ca