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Election 2018

Party leaders answer our questions on video

In advance of National Nursing Week 2018, CNA and the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO) sent three questions to the leaders of the four main provincial parties. CNA and NPAO are pleased to share their video responses (available in English only) before the June 7 election.

What they were asked

  1. What is your vision for health care in Ontario during your first term and beyond? How will RNs, nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) be part of it?

  2. What is your plan to increase access for all Ontarians to primary care and care for high-risk populations?

    NPAO has recommended targeted investments in community care, nurse practitioner-led clinics, NPs in mental health and addictions, and attending NPs in long-term care and in acute care with specialized populations, including neonatal intensive care.

  3. The theme for National Nursing Week 2018, May 7-13, is #YesThisIsNursing.

    During this special week, CNA and NPAO will be celebrating the dedication of more than 421,000 nurses across Canada, including nearly 105,000 in Ontario, to the health and well-being of our nation.

    What is your message to Ontario’s nurses and nurse practitioners during National Nursing Week 2018?

Written responses to our party platform questionnaire

Before election day, make sure you read the responses to CNA’s platform recommendations in our 2018 Party Platform Questionnaire [PDF, 88.9 KB], which was sent to the parties.

CNA is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse or support any political party, platform or candidate. These video and written responses from the provincial parties provide Ontarians with relevant information to help them better evaluate the public policies of parties and candidates.

Election platform meetings in Ontario

On February 21 and 22, 2018, Mike Villeneuve, CNA’s CEO, and David Granovsky, CNA’s lead for government relations, met with members of provincial Parliament. We discussed CNA’s recommendations for their party platforms ahead of the June 7 provincial election. We were joined by leaders from the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario, including president Marnee Wilson, interim CEO Dawn Tymianski and chief operating officer Marcela Killin.

Our platform recommendations are found in CNA 2018 Party Platform Questionnaire [PDF, 88.9 KB], which was sent to the parties.

CNA and NPAO met with the following individuals (please go to our Facebook page to see photos):

Ontario PC Party (February 21)

  • Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing and then-interim leader of the PC Party
  • Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin–Middlesex–London and health critic
  • Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound and critic for long-term care, seniors and accessibility
  • Emily Thomson, health policy advisor, leader’s office
  • Brock Vandrick, director of stakeholder relations, leader’s office

Green Party of Ontario (February 21)

  • Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario
  • Candice Lepage, director of the leader’s office

Ontario Liberal Party (February 22)

  • John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South and parliamentary assistant to the minister of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Alyson Rowe, senior policy advisor for the premier of Ontario
  • Katie Heelis, policy advisor for the minister of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Carley Lennox, senior communications advisor for the minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario NDP

  • France Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt and health critic
  • Teresa Armstrong, MPP for London–Fanshawe and critic for home and long-term care and critic for seniors’ affairs
  • Dakin McDonald, researcher and principal speech Writer for Ontario NDP Leader Andrew Horwath

2018 Ontario budget recommendations

CNA’s 2018 Ontario pre-budget submission [PDF, 213 KB] contained six key recommendations for improving health and health care in Ontario.

 Non-medical cannabis use

  1. Involve nurses in a five-year, $48-million public education campaign to reduce the harms of non-medical cannabis use
  2. Make a one-time investment of $600,000 to increase Ontario nurses’ level of education to support their role as key sources of public information

Opioid crisis

  1. Increase share of funding for nurses in existing and future supervised injection sites
  2. Make nurses part of the province’s overdose prevention strategy by including them in naloxone programs

Indigenous health

  1. Provide $4.5 million for a pilot project to create a mobile health-care simulation laboratory
  2. Invest $750,000 in Indigenous communities to support rollout of a technology system that enables clients, nurses and counsellors to support people recovering from opioid addiction and PTSD

These six recommendations were submitted to the provincial government’s standing committee on finance and economic affairs and sent to Ontario’s finance minister for his pre-budget consultations. CNA and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association made a joint presentation before the standing committee on January 17, 2018, and, afterward, Carolyn Pullen, CNA’s chief of programs and policy, was interviewed by CBC.

Just days before MPPs returned to the legislature in 2018, CNA issued a media release that called on MPPs to support CNA’s budget recommendations.

Our recommendations were supported by the results of two surveys — a Nanos survey of the general public [PDF, 811.8 KB] (December 2017) and a survey of nurses [PDF, 757.2 KB] (September 2017).

On March 28, 2018, Mike Villeneuve, CNA’s CEO, and Kate Zimmerman, CNA’s Ontario board representative,  welcomed the proposed health-care investments in the 2018 pre-election Ontario budget, but took issue with a lack of funding for cannabis education. The following is an excerpt from CNA’s statement:

“The new $650-million investment proposed for home care will improve access to community-based care for Ontarians and provide much-needed relief for caregivers across the province,” said Villeneuve.

“We were disappointed to see the budget did not announce significant investments for public education to reduce the harms of non-medical cannabis use,” said Zimmerman. “Nurses are highly trusted by the public and are often the first or only point of contact within the health-care system.”

For more information, contact David Granovsky, CNA’s lead for government relations, at 1-800-361-8404 (ext. 525) or dgranovsky@cna-aiic.ca.