This is Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada. About a year and a half ago, she tabled Bill C-442 which would create a National Lyme Disease Strategy for Canada. The bill is finally coming up for debate in Parliament, beginning on March 4.
Please read her letter below, and write to your MP in the next week or two to urge him or her to support this bill. For all Lyme disease sufferers, this bill could be the beginning of everything we have been fighting for! There is a link below to all of the MPs' contact info, as well as a sample letter you can send. You may want to edit the letter as the sample provided requests an in-person meeting with your MP.
Here's hoping for good things!
Dear Lyme disease advocate,
am asking for your help in making a difference in the lives of tens of
thousands of Canadians. On March 4th, 2014, the House of Commons will begin
debate on my Private Members’ Bill, C-442, an Act to Create a National Lyme
Many of you are already too aware of the shortcomings of the
Canadian medical system in dealing with Lyme. And while not a panacea, Bill
C-442, if passed, would bring together Canada’s Health Ministers, medical
professionals, scientists, and the advocates for Canadians with Lyme Disease to
work toward common goals: increasing awareness and prevention, ensuring
accurate diagnoses, tracking the spread of the disease, and establishing
national standards for the care and treatment of Lyme that reflect best
This is not about politics, it is about helping the
thousands of Canadian families who have had their lives turned upside down by
this terrible disease. We have received strong indications of support from the
NDP and the Liberals, and many Conservative Members of Parliament have
similarly expressed their willingness to stand behind this important
initiative. We are cautiously optimistic that this plan can succeed, but we
can’t take anything for granted.
We need you to help make sure that this Bill becomes law. Members
of Parliament will be back home in their communities during the week of
February 17th and, during this time, we are asking you to meet with your MP to
share your story, help educate them about Lyme, and explain to them why Canada
urgently needs a National Lyme Disease Strategy. Please go to www.greenparty.ca/lyme-disease
to call your MP and schedule a meeting during the February 17th constituency
Many of you have already shared your stories with us, and we
urge you to continue to do so. Please go to www.greenparty.ca/lyme-disease
to write how Lyme has impacted your life of that of your loved ones, and why
Canada needs a National Lyme Disease Strategy.
Finally, if you haven’t already, please add your name to the
online petition and, if you are able, please print out the paper petition and
collect signatures in your community. These petitions will be tabled in the
House of Commons, and shared with other Members of Parliament who have
indicated their support for Bill C-442.
Thank you for taking action. If you would like more
information about Lyme Disease or Bill C-442, please go to www.elizabethmaymp.ca/national-lyme-disease-strategy.