Statement on World Health Day

Today, on World Health Day, we thank all the health workers who have been fighting on the front lines of the #COVID19 pandemic. This crisis has brought into focus systemic inequities and gaps in care contributing to its scale and severity.

It is the most vulnerable populations that are facing the greatest impact, including those who have been gripped by the still ongoing opioid epidemic, and Indigenous people who have survived recent efforts by colonizers to exterminate them through weaponized disease.

Canada needs a comprehensive universal health care system that provides equitable access to quality care, including mental health, dental and vision care, pharmacare and preventative health measures.

My thoughts from the 2019 election on the shortcomings of Canada’s health care system still rings true today.