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CNA Congratulates Premier-elect Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party for Majority Electoral Victory

Ottawa, June 8, 2018 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) congratulates premier-elect Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party for its majority victory in the 2018 Ontario election.

“The Ontario PC Party has won a decisive majority following 15 years of leadership by the Liberals. We look forward to working with the newly elected PC government and official NDP Opposition, led by Andrea Horwath, to find cost-effective solutions to improve health and health care in Ontario,” said CNA CEO Mike Villeneuve.

Kate Zimmerman, CNA’s board member from Ontario said, “I have confidence that by working with premier-elect Doug Ford, the new government, nurses and other health-care providers can deliver real results for patients across Ontario.”

“Throughout the election campaign,” Villeneuve said, “CNA was pleased to hear from each of the main parties via our party platform questionnaire and request for videos from the leaders, which were posted in advance of National Nursing Week. We thank the leaders of the Green Party of Ontario, Ontario Liberal Party, Ontario NDP and Ontario PC Party for sharing their respective views on health and health care with registered nurses, nurse practitioners and Ontarians.”

Background:

Before the start of the 2018 Ontario election campaign, CNA sent the main parties its party platform questionnaire [PDF, 88.9 KB]. CNA received responses from the parties on recommendations that called on the next government to:

  1. Involve Ontario’s nurses in a five-year, $48-million public education campaign to reduce the harms of non-medical cannabis use
  2. Make a one-time investment of $600,000 to increase Ontario nurses’ level of education about cannabis use to support their role as key sources of public information
  3. Invest in Ontario’s harm reduction efforts by hiring more nurses to staff existing and future supervised injection and overdose prevention sites
  4. Add nurses as key players in Ontario’s naloxone program
  5. Make an investment of $750,000 to support rollout of a technology system that enables clients, nurses and counsellors to support people recovering from opioid addiction and PTSD

These recommendations are also found in CNA’s pre-budget submission [PDF, 213 KB] submitted in January 2018 to the Ontario government’s standing committee on finance and economic affairs. CNA appeared before the committee at a hearing in Ottawa.

During National Nursing Week 2018 (May 7-13), CNA and the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario posted video responses from the leaders of the main parties.

In February 2018, CNA and the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario met with MPPs and officials from the Liberal, NDP and Green parties to discuss our recommendations around legalization of non-medical cannabis, the opioid crisis and Indigenous health.

Visit our website for more details.

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The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

David Granovsky
Lead, Government Relations
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-697-7497
E-mail: dgranovsky@cna-aiic.ca