This Friday, Members of Parliament will be speaking in the House of Commons on a motion dealing with anaphylaxis, a medical condition related to severe allergies. Readers of By George will know that we have been part of a Canadian group that has been raising awareness in Ottawa to this growing concern. The Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI – www.cai.allergies.ca) is working with MPs to explore tangible ways the federal government can help reduce the risk of life-threatening allergic reactions.
Over the last five years, MPs Dean Allison and Rick Dykstra have been speaking with their colleagues and Dean Allison has sponsored motions in the previous Parliament and, tomorrow, his Motion 230 be the subject of debate in this Parliament. There are a good number of MPs from all parties that have come together to support greater awareness on Parliament Hill and within the federal bureaucracy: Bob Dechert, Joy Smith, Megan Leslie, Cheryl Gallant, Yvon Godin, Stella Ambler, Scott Armstrong, Brad Butt, Eve Adams, Ron Cannan, Rob Nicholson, John Baird, Bob Rae, Malcolm Allen, Patrick Brown, Colin Carrie, Wladyslaw Lizon and Justin Trudeau. Thank you for your continued support.
Through the years, the By George Journal has posted more than 30 articles on this issue. You can see the full index by clicking on the articles tagged “anaphylaxis”. To get a better idea of CAI and our recent efforts in Ottawa, here is a short list of four articles:
MPs Receptive to Acting on Anaphylaxis Issues
Activities in Parliament through 2011-12
The CAI and Anaphylaxis Awareness in Ottawa
The Genesis of Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative and working with MPs
Anaphylactic Reactions are Serious; Potentially Fatal
A picture says a thousands words…
Families seeking a responsible response to anaphylaxis
CAI’s call to action
Motion 230 will be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow, April 19, during Private Members Business at 1:30 – 2:30. MP Dean Allison will be leading off this important debate for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who must cope with severe, life threatening allergies.