Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Tell party leaders health must be on federal election agenda

As you know, Canada is in the midst of a federal election campaign. Voting day is Oct. 19.

The federal government plays a critical role in the health and health care of Canadians by funding a portion of health-care delivery either directly or through transfer payments. It also has an obligation to ensure our universally-accessible publicly funded and not-for-profit health system by enforcing the spirit and the principles of the Canada Health Act. The federal government can also demonstrate leadership by advancing social and environmental determinants of health.

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, RNAO released its policy platform, Why health matters, of recommendations aimed at ensuring health and health care are front and centre during the campaign.

The platform lays out the crucial areas that affect an individual's ability to be healthy and outlines policy to create healthier communities in five key areas: Medicare, access to care, social determinants of health, the environment and fiscal capacity.

We need you to ensure the federal political leaders are aware of the priorities of registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students for the election and to press for action.

Send a message to the four federal party leaders:

  • Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada,
  • Tom Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party,
  • Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, and
  • Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party.

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