Shadow Minister of Health Marilyn Gladu disappointed by Federal Economic Update

Despite massive deficit spending, urgent health issues left unaddressed
November 21, 2018


Today in Ottawa, MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia-Lambton) delivered her official response to the 2018 Federal Economic Update. Despite a spectrum of urgent issues that Parliamentarians have heard about from across Canada, the Government appears to have other priorities.  

 

“I’m disappointed by the Minister’s economic update.  Just this week, the Prime Minister and his entire caucus voted against our CPC motion to provide a plan on when and how he will balance the budget – now just days later we see an economic update that not only ignores the deficit and debt, but will greatly add to it over the upcoming years.  We need to see the urgent priorities that Canadians expect to see funded receive the proper attention.  We need to see a plan to get out of budgetary deficit, and we definitely need to see more respect for Canadian taxpayers, overall.”

 

On the health file, for which MP Gladu serves as the “Shadow Minister” for the Official Opposition, Ms. Gladu commented that: “We didn’t see anything in this economic update for urgently needed palliative and home care services across Canada.  We continue to see an inadequate response to the opioid crisis.  We didn’t see any funding for a national dementia strategy or for mental health – these issues weren’t even mentioned.  With 11 million Canadians living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, again we expected to see some funding put in place– only to be disappointed.  I will be raising my concerns on the health file and where I feel we are coming up short of our target with the Minister of Health directly, and I look forward to hearing what she has to say about some of the issues I have raised here.”

  • MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia-Lambton) & Shadow Minister of Health (Official Opposition)

 

Constituents and other stakeholders can review details of the Federal economic update here:
https://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2018/docs/statement-enonce/toc-tdm-en.html