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Elizabeth May’s Act to create a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease passes House of Commons

June 11th, 2014

OTTAWA – Elizabeth May’s Private Members Bill, C-442, An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease, has passed through 3rd reading with the unanimous consent of the House of Commons. Bill C-442 will now be referred to the Senate, where it will be sponsored by Senator Janis Johnson and taken up in the fall.

First introduced in June 2012, Bill C-442 will establish a framework for collaboration between the federal, provincial and territorial Health Ministers and the medical community, along with patients and their experts, in order to promote greater awareness and prevention of Lyme disease, to address the challenges of timely diagnosis and treatment, and to push for further research.

“I am immensely thankful for the support of my colleagues on all sides of the House in helping us to pass this bill,” said the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands. “Today marks an important step toward better diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease sufferers in Canada. Lyme disease is a growing problem in this country, and we urgently need health ministers, medical experts and patient advocates working together to find solutions.”

Although it is rare for Private Member’s Bills to clear the House of Commons, Bill C-442 has received support from all parties in the House, in addition to the Canadian Medical Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.

Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is carried and transmitted by ticks. During the Health Committee’s study of Bill C-442, the Public Health Agency of Canada provided expert testimony forecasting a possible 10,000 new incidences of Lyme disease in Canada each year by 2020. We at the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation suggest we are there already and have been for years. It is simply being misdiagnosed as many other conditions.

Source: https://www.greenparty.ca/media-release/2014-06-11/elizabeth-may-s-act-create-federal-framework-lyme-disease-passes-house-comm



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  1. The fifteen senators that Nicole and I met in 2013 were very supportive of bill C-442. Seven of them (conservatives and liberals) were very interested in holding an inquiry about the lack of treatment for patients with Lyme Disease. I believe we will have smooth sailing in the Senate.

  2. It is already mid-November 2014, and I don’t understand why this Bill has not been passed. Some people are talking about an early election, so this seems to put this Bill at risk. Does anybody know when the Senate is expected to finish the 3rd reading? Can someone find out?

  3. Is there testing going to be available to Canadians. I would be happy to pay to be tested and hope that doctors will remain open to testing. Testing must be made available and accessible and sooner rather than later. Where are we at with the bill??

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