Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for


Toronto-St. Paul’s

Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for


Toronto-St. Paul’s

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The Health of Canadians: 2017

Roundtable held on January 29th, 2010

On January 29th, 2010, we asked Canadians to join us for a roundtable to determine what we need to do for Canadians to be as healthy as we can be by 2017. In 2005, the Health Ministers in Canada acting upon the 2004 Health Accord approved the Health Goals for Canada in order to achieve the overarching goal: “As a nation, we aspire to a Canada in which every person is as healthy as they can be – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

It is clear that our cherished health care system will only be sustainable if we redouble our efforts to keep Canadians well as was articulated in the original commitment to Medicare. For Canadians to be as healthy as they can be, and in order to close the unacceptable gap in health status for our most vulnerable Canadians we must work across all government departments, all jurisdictions and in all sectors. We need to start with ourselves, our families and our communities.

In order to act upon the 2005 Health Goals, we need to choose meaningful indicators and bold targets which will resonate with Canadians and motivate them to play their part in this strong common purpose.

Please click here to read a summary of  what we heard at the roundtable or click here to watch a recording of the event using elluminate software. You can also view all of the presentations from the  roundtable below.

Stephen Harper and his government have abdicated their responsibility for health and have refused to act upon most of the commitments in the 2004 Health Accord. We as Liberals can show that we will reaffirm the need for federal leadership in the health of Canadians and that we will demonstrate an ability to listen ‘bottom-up’ to their needs and priorities.