Ottawa, ON – Today, the Senate passed Bill C-277 (An Act Providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada) at third reading.
In response, David J. Cape, Chair of CIJA, issued the following:
“We applaud all Parliamentarians who supported this important legislation. We are especially grateful for the unwavering leadership of MP Marilyn Gladu and Senator Nicole Eaton who drove this initiative forward.
“The government and all Parliamentarians have acknowledged the pressing need for improved access to palliative care. While the passage of Bill C-277 represents an important milestone, we urge the government to follow through with policies and funding that address the challenging needs of Canadians at the end of life.”
“Compassion for those at the end of their lives is a Canadian value. The Jewish community stands with other faith communities and, indeed, all compassionate Canadians, as we work toward making high-quality palliative care available to all those who need it.”
- C-277 requires the development of a palliative care framework, which we hope will lead to increased caregiver support and data collection, and help identify gaps in palliative care education and training.
- In June, 2016, CIJA joined representatives from the Muslim, Catholic, and Evangelical communities to issue an interfaith statement on palliative care.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
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