A bill seconded by Provencher MP Ted Falk to establish a national framework for diabetes has passed 2nd Reading. Introduced by Brampton South MP Sonia Sidhu, Falk endorsed Bill C-237 in recognition of the many southeast Manitoba residents living with diabetes.
“Approximately 11 million Canadians are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes,” said Falk. “In a 24-hour period, about 20 Canadians will die as a result of diabetes complications; 620 will receive a diabetes diagnosis, and 14 will have their lower limbs amputated. These numbers represent real people whose lives have been lost or dramatically changed as a result of this disease.”
The National Framework for Diabetes Act provides for the development of a national framework designed to support improved access for Canadians to diabetes prevention and treatment.
“There is merit to committed and coordinated federal leadership to tackle diabetes in Canada,” said Falk. “We have an opportunity to move the ball forward with a strategy that will support those living with diabetes and help prevent millions of potential cases.”
Bill C-237 received unanimous support in the House of Commons and is now referred to the Standing Committee on Health for study.