Lyme disease in private member’s bill

Elizabeth May to introduce"National Lyme Strategy"bill

  • Jun. 13, 2012 9:00 a.m.

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Ottawa, Elizabeth May is planning to introduce a private member’s bill relating to Lyme disease. Look for a press conference that day and the reading of the bill by May to our federally elected MP’s later the same day.

Nicole and I saw a rough draft of the bill last week. It is still being worked on by May and her team, including legal advisers in order to make sure there aren’t any loop holes to be picked apart when it comes time to vote sometime between September 2012 – March 2013. Upon the passing of the bill, a conference will be convened to develop a National Lyme Disease Strategy with patient group representatives, medical and provincial health ministers in attendance. The conference would address the challenges of recognition, timely diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

The bill is multi-faceted, with detailed timelines that require adherence by the Federal Minister of Health at various stages, including when the conference must be convened, when the health minister would report back to MP’s, timeline for posting new national strategy on the official government website, and many other critical details ensuring the job is done right.

In our meeting, Elizabeth May asked what other suggestions we would like to see. We stated if only the IDSA archaic guidelines were listed, the bill would not serve a purpose, unless it reflected the ‘two standards of care,’ ILADS and IDSA. Canlyme has been consulted at length by May to make sure patients’ interests will be heard.

We also expressed the need for protection for doctors who wished to treat patients with Lyme disease using the standard of care they felt best benefited the patient.

Elizabeth May is allowed to introduce one private member’s bill in her four year term. She has chosen to help Canadians with Lyme disease get their right to health care back.

How can each one of us help May pass this bill?

We all need to do the following and ask for friends and family wherever they live in Canada to do the same to support you and get this National Lyme Strategy Bill passed.

1. Find out who your federal MP is. (Randall Garrison NDP)

2. Contact your federal MP and if at all humanly possible set up a face-to-face meeting.

• Tell them your story as briefly as possible.

• Tell them you know others across Canada in the same predicament.

• Tell them you are being denied your right to health care.

• Ask if you can count on their support to get this bill passed.

• Make sure your MP knows this is not just a ‘Green’ party bill, it is a bill that could affect every single Canadian including themselves, or their loved ones.

Remind your MP to vote with their conscience as this is a private member’s bill; no party vote needed.

3. Respond back to Chris Powell (Nicole Bottles’ mom) with name of your MP after you have contacted them and if you feel you have their support or not. Either leave a comment here or contact me at cpowellworld@aol.com.

Many thanks everyone for doing your part in getting this legislation passed. I believe it is possible with the vast lyme network across Canada. Elizabeth May has started the ball rolling. It’s up to us to keep it rolling!

“Nicole has decided that between now and October she is going to knock on every federal MP’s door and ask for their support for a ‘yes’ vote. This bill could affect every Canadian,” said Powell via email.

Contact friends, family, acquaintances, and people in your local communities. Let them know how important support is. Ask them to contact their MP.

Chris Powel

Just Posted

Time-lapse video shows weekend work on McKenzie Interchange project

Construction crews place concrete underpass bridge beams

Years of ‘horrific, violent accidents’ at Thetis Lake prompt plea to public

View Royal fire chief asks for an end to alcohol consumption at busy park

‘Best in the country’: Formerly homeless man praises Victoria’s outreach services

Jay W. was living on the streets of downtown Victoria in 2018

City of Victoria plans workshop to determine fate of Sir John A. Macdonald statue

Conversations will happen as part of a reconciliation dialogue series in May 2020

Islanders have new cancer screening option with $6.5 M diagnostic suite in Victoria

The Gordon Heys Family PET/CT Suite was unveiled at the BC Cancer Centre-Victoria

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Police ask for help locating missing men last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

EDITORIAL: Trees at the heart of Sooke

Two largely unrelated stories surfaced this week that might lead one to… Continue reading

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Most Read