Brampton, ON – On Wednesday, June 19th, the House of Commons passed a motion – with every member voting in favour – declaring November of every year as Diabetes Awareness Month across Canada.
The motion, M-173, was introduced in the House of Commons by the Member of Parliament for Brampton South, Sonia Sidhu, to increase awareness of the prevalence of diabetes in Canada.
There were two debates before the approval by the House, where MP Sidhu spoke on Canada’s high rate of diabetes, highlighting that 11 million Canadians are impacted by the disease.
MP Sidhu has discussed the emphasis on diabetic health across the globe, representing Canada at the Global Diabetes Policy Forum, where she discussed with world leaders the importance of advocating prevention for the future spread of diabetes.
Acknowledging Canada as the birthplace of insulin, MP Sidhu has also called on the government to enact policies that would make the country a world leader in diabetic health, including creating a national diabetes strategy.
The Liberal Government is making significant investments in research, prevention, and detection of diseases, so fewer Canadians develop this condition and better treatments are available.
MP Sidhu and the Liberal Party are committed to increasing awareness and working hard to reverse the spread of diabetes.
“The passing of M-173 is a huge step in raising diabetes awareness, but there is still much to be done. I plan to continue the fight against this terrible disease until we find a cure.”
“I want to thank all my friends and colleagues who supported me and this motion throughout, and everyone who has inspired me with their stories of resilience against this disease. I am proud of the fact that we all came together, despite political differences, for the sake of Canadians; that is what politics should be about.”
~ PTC Punjabi Canada