MP Marilyn Gladu introduces Bill C-277: an Act Providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada

May 31, 2016

I am pleased to share with Constituents and Canadians from coast to coast to coast that this week in the House of Commons I introduced Bill C-277: an Act Providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

It is my belief that all Canadians should have access to high quality palliative care – this bill will help accomplish that.

With the recent assisted dying legislation, Canadians now need palliative care more than ever to offer them a viable choice for their end of life care. All members of all parties should support this bill as it is non-partisan in nature and it is a cause every Canadian can get behind. 

For more information on my bill (C-277) and other pieces of legislation, please visit www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8302439.

  

MP Marilyn Gladu introduces Private Members’ Bill to close Palliative Care Gap in Canada

PMB C-277 is seen as an important parallel piece of legislation to C-14 by Health Stakeholders

 (Ottawa, ON) MP Marilyn Gladu introduced Bill C-277, an Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, on Monday May 30th in the House of Commons.

Bill C-277 is recognized by various healthcare and stakeholder groups as being an urgent and important piece of legislation.  It will directly help implement a framework for palliative care in Canada, including the definition of services included; required training; and most importantly, measures to ensure consistent access to palliative care across the Country. This bill recommends evaluating the advisability of amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care as a covered service.

During the previous session of parliament, the All-Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care brought forward numerous recommendations that are now captured in this Bill.

MP Marilyn Gladu commented that “The External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter vs. Canada stated that physician-assisted death cannot be truly voluntary if the option of proper palliative care is not available to alleviate a person’s suffering. Those that have access to quality palliative care choose to live as well as they can, for as long as they can.  This is why my private members bill is so important in providing access to palliative care for all Canadians.”

The drafting of the legislation in question took all of these aspects into consideration. All parties are in favour of palliative care for Canadians, and MP Marilyn Gladu calls on Parliament to support Bill C-277.

 For more information please visit www.parl.gc.ca