IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ Government must act on CCSVI treatement

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Presenting Petitions

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we have had hundreds of MS sufferers outside Parliament today. We are getting thousands and thousands of petitions from across the country. Some of my NDP colleagues have stood in this House just a few moments ago. What all of these MS sufferers and their families are saying, 75,000 strong, is that the government must act on CCSVI treatment.

In my case, we are talking about petitioners from Newfoundland and Labrador right through to British Colombia. They are all saying that what the Government of Canada has to do is accelerate the whole pilot program and pilot testing around CCSVI treatment, and that it has to work immediately with the provinces in order to put into place these pilot programs and testing to help those MS sufferers.

Like my colleague, the member for Welland, my cousin Julie died of MS, and I know that many members in this House support MS sufferers across the country in saying to the government that it must act now on CCSVI.