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February 23, 2018

Parliamentary Breakfasts

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions hosts an annual Parliamentary Breakfast attended by Senators, Members of Parliament (MPs) and health care stakeholders. The event is an opportunity to provide federal parliamentarians with information and recommendations on specific issues facing nurses and the health care sector. It can also provide an opportunity for provincial nurses’ union leadership to meet with local MPs to discuss the pressing issues for nurses in their province.


At the most recent Parliamentary Breakfast, entitled Stop the Waste: Patients & Citizens Speak Out for Pharmacare, the CFNU presented the case for establishing a national pharmacare program, based on the evidence of economic, fiscal and public health benefits. Drawing attention to the cost of not implementing pharmacare, we proudly showcased our 2016 report Down the Drain: How Canada Has Wasted $62 Billion Health Care Dollars without Pharmacare written by Canadian economist Hugh Mackenzie.

Our breakfast featured a panel of three Canadian experts who shared their evidence and experience and made the case for pharmacare: the aforementioned Hugh Mackenzie, Peter MacLeod, Chair of the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Pharmacare in Canada, and Edson Castilho, a nurse who works at IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.