Progressive Canadian Party Media Release
PC Party/Brian Marlatt Endorse Non-partisan Medicare for Autism Now!
October 2, 2015, South Surrey-White Rock - The Progressive Canadian Party supports and endorses the non-partisan "Medicare for Autism Now!" national campaign calling for policy change to make science-based Autism treatment (ABA/IBI) available to all Canadians diagnosed with Autism, regardless of age or where they live. "Political will, alone, will overcome the marginal constitutional barriers to support for families and children victimized by Autism," said the Progressive Canadian Party’s Brian Marlatt who first endorsed the national Medicare for Autism NOW!Campaign in the 2008 election. "The provincial governments struggle with the financial burden. The federal government must take the initiative; provincial jurisdiction is not a barrier to the power to persuade or the will to amend the Canada Health Act in the interest of families and children; this government’s firewall provincialism comes at a cost to the most vulnerable."
"The Medicare for Autism, NOW! campaign has not received the high profile media attention it did in2008 when a Rally for Autism took place here, in Surrey, and in Tony Clement’s riding in Bracebridge, Ontario," Marlatt notes, "but the One in 68 campaign in 2015 deserves support and can continue to count me in." "While BC has stepped up with the support of our local MLA Gordon Hogg and charitable donations to build the Pacific Autism Centre, much more needs to be done."
" The Harper Conservatives continue to fail children and families in real need," Marlatt believes. "A first priority must be to amend the Canada Health Act to provide joint federal/provincial coverage for ABA/IBI scientific-based Autism treatment. The Supreme Court of Canada and lower courts identify autism ABA/IBI as "medically necessary" treatment. There is no excuse for failing to act," Marlatt insists.
"Autism is reported to be a health care epidemic effecting 1 in 68 children in Canada, as indicated by extrapolating US CDC figures," Brian Marlatt stated. "What is equally shocking is that Canadians must rely on American statistics unspecific to Canada. This is symptomatic of the Harper government neoconservative war on knowledge, war on science and inconvenient truths - and defunding of Health Care." Autism treatment can cost families as much as $80,000 per year.. "This is the kind of catastrophic, chronic, health care issue the Canada Health Act can best address. Effective, science-based treatment is available but is not being delivered by the provinces and the federal government is not exercising its responsibilities under the Canada Health Act within its constitutional powers."
Politics as usual on health care is insufficient; that health care is an area of provincial jurisdiction is an inadequate excuse. Today, all levels of government are invited to do better.
Progressive Canadians ask all Canadian parliamentarians to join with them in calling for effective scientific-based autism treatment
For More Information, contact: Brian Marlatt, Progressive Canadian candidate
South Surrey-White Rock
Phone: (604) 541-9783
PC Media Release Medicare for Autism Now! Brian Marlatt 2015 .pdf