Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, has started a petition and is asking that everyone participate in getting as many signatures as possible….
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following:
Whereas Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is spread to humans and animals through the bite of certain types of ticks and that can have serious consequences if left untreated, including recurring attacks of arthritis and neurological problems;
Whereas numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have warned that a warming climate will expand the geographic range of Lyme disease carrying ticks further into Canada, including a 2012 paper by Leighton et al., which states that over 80% of the population in Eastern and Central Canada could be living in areas at risk of Lyme disease by 2020;
Whereas Canadians will benefit from the establishment of a national standard of care for the treatment of Lyme disease, a coordinated national effort to track the spread of the disease, and increased public education and awareness to better prevent and detect instances of Lyme disease in Canada;