CNA brings health and nursing issues directly to parliamentarians
CNA president Judith Shamian, second from left, was joined by nurse MPs Greg Rickford, Christine Moore and Cathy McLeod at the reception.
On November 22, 2011, CNA’s board of directors, along with CNA staff members and advisors, met parliamentarians on the Hill to raise important health and nursing issues.
During 40 separate meetings with MPs and senators, CNA delegates advocated for issues such as:
In the evening, Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, who is an RN, partnered with CNA to host a reception on Parliament Hill for MPs and senators. CNA president Judith Shamian and National Expert Commission co-chair Maureen McTeer addressed a crowd of over 50 parliamentarians, senators and staff. Shamian and McTeer described the Commission’s work and the important role that nurses can play in transforming the health system. Watch a video of the speeches.
Urging governments to adopt guiding principles for health-care transformation
CNA and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) together have defined a set of principles to guide health-care transformation in Canada. We’re working together to encourage provincial, territorial and federal governments to use these principles as they begin to build a successor to the current health accord, which expires in 2014.
Building on the five pillars of the Canada Health Act, these principles are meant to steer the transformation of Canada’s health-care system toward one that is publicly funded, sustainable, adequately resourced and able to provide universal access to quality care. These principles have been endorsed by health organizations from across the country, a powerful expression of their relevance and resonance.
The principles are summarized as follows:
Make your voice heard
Why meet with your MP? It is always important to raise health-care issues at the federal level.
This information is part of CNA’s ongoing efforts to serve the nursing community in Canada. For information about current MPs and Senators, visit www.parl.gc.ca.