Green candidate – Janine Gibson – Provencher

Thank you for your activism around needed healthcare in this 2021 Election!

You have my support for the important changes your network recommends. Greens will work to:

  1. Provide transfer payments to the provinces to be used to deal with the backlog of tests, procedures, and surgeries.
  2. Encourage the governments of provinces and territories to include the continuation of essential cancer care in planning for future crises and pandemics.
  3. Ensure that the Public Health Agency of Canada takes cancer patients’ need for dependable access to medical care into account in their plans and recommendations for future pandemics.

Question 2: Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits

Greens will work to:

  1. Recognize that there is a need for a new process that acknowledges that some patients, including cancer patients, experience extended periods of treatment and recovery, and hold open consultations with Canadians about how this process will be developed and implemented.
  2. Use the results of these consultations to lengthen sickness benefits for Canadians undergoing treatment for cancer as well as other serious illnesses that require long periods of treatment or recovery so that Canadians who are ill are not penalized by the current limit of 15 weeks of sickness benefits.
  3. Cancel the two-week waiting period for EI Sickness Benefits so that sick Canadians are not penalized.

Question 3: Breast Cancer Screening

Greens will work to:

  1. Place a moratorium on the use of the 2018 guidelines and create a new Task Force which incorporates relevant expert opinion.
  2. Ensure that the flawed process and lack of accountability of the Task Force be reviewed and revised to align with international guidelines and methodology standards.
  3. Ensure that future guideline panels include content experts and patients.
  4. Create a new Task Force which accurately incorporates relevant expert opinion.

Kind regards,