MP Marilyn Gladu celebrates palliative care Bill C-277 passing 3rd Reading

May 31, 2017

MP Marilyn Gladu welcomes unanimous vote in favour of PMB and now plans to build support for Bill C-277 in the Senate of Canada.

(Ottawa, ON) Today, MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia-Lambton) wishes to thank her parliamentary colleagues for their support of Bill C-277, an Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, after it passed Third Reading. Previously, the bill received unanimous support in the House of Commons at Second Reading. 

“I’m amazed by the outpouring of support for my palliative care bill, which speaks to the importance that Parliamentarians place on addressing the urgent need for palliative care of Canadians who wish to live as well as they can for as long as they can.  From constituents to hospice and palliative support providers, to national organizations, the response I have seen across Canada to this private members bill is incredible and uplifting. With the bill having passed the House of Commons with unanimous support, I now look forward to seeing it proceed to the Senate for final legislative review before reaching Royal Assent. I urge the Senate to quickly pass this vital legislation so we can better ensure Canadians priorities are truly served by our Nation’s Parliament.”

-          MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia-Lambton)

Due to the strength of the legislation, over 50 national stakeholder organizations including Pallium Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians have publicly endorsed it. These endorsements make C-277 one of the most-supported private members’ bills to be brought forward in the 42nd Parliament, thus far. As well, it is the first Opposition Private Members Bill to pass Third Reading through full process in the 42nd Parliament.  MP Marilyn Gladu wishes to thank Health Minister Philpott and the Opposition Leaders offices for their guidance and oversight in helping see C-277 through the legislative pipeline. 

With members from all parties in favour of palliative care for Canadians, MP Marilyn Gladu now calls on the Senate of Canada to continue to strongly support Bill C-277.