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Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Lyme Disease patients and advocates, including the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme), medical practitioners, and researchers were intended to be integral in the writing of this Framework;
  • The Conference summary was collaborative in nature and represented diverse viewpoints, as opposed to the Draft report;
  • Public Health Agency of Canada’s 2017 Draft does not meet the mandate of "An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease";
  • The Minister of Health stated in her opening remarks at the conference, "All of the information, feedback, ideas, and opinions that are generated at this conference will be fully considered as this Federal Framework for Lyme Disease is developed.”;
  • Dr. Gregson noted in his address at the conference that, "It is a very important meeting for finding common ground…for the development of an evidence- and science-based framework to deal with this important health issue.”; and
  • As Dr. Taylor observed at the conference, "If we are not helping individual Canadians, if we are not making a difference in their lives, then we are not doing our job.".
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to ensure concerned stakeholders are included in the writing of this Framework, upholding the spirit and intent of the Act.
The Draft Framework must be rewritten in joint collaboration with stakeholders and government, to incorporate diverse viewpoints and relevant scientific literature to benefit all Canadians.

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