Question Period – 2017.11.08 – Lyme Disease Research Funding

December 8, 2017

Mr. Len Webber (Calgary Confederation, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, there are thousands of Canadians suffering daily from Lyme disease.

    The minister goes on about the three-pillar plan. She talks about the surveillance, the education, and best practices, but nothing is being done for those suffering today. The response has been weak and disappointing.

    The Liberal government’s plan is known to be incomplete and grossly underfunded. It budgeted a mere $4 million for research. Why are the Liberals spending more on a temporary rink outside than it spends for Lyme disease sufferers?

    Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Minister of Health, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, our government recognizes the impact of Lyme disease on families and on Canadians.

    We have tabled the federal framework on Lyme disease in Canada which clearly lays out the federal government’s role in addressing Lyme disease in Canada. Our government also invested $4 million to establish the Lyme disease research network.

    This network will work to generate new evidence and data about Lyme disease, and ultimately will improve diagnosis and treatment.

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