This is our chance to make a difference, to make a statement on behalf of Canada’s blind low vision community. Please take the time to support NDP Member of Parliament Carol Hughes of Algoma-Manitouline-Kapauskasing’s efforts, through her motion M-183 calling for a Pan-Canadian Framework for Action on Eye Health and Vision Care. Canada needs, we need, a national strategy on eye health and vision care. You can read the full text of her motion below. MP Hughes’ motion is right on message is consistent with the mandate of the Canadian Council of the Blind in “changing what it means to be blind”.
You can make a difference and it is a relatively simple task. Just follow the attached link and print 3 copies of the first page for English, or the second page for French. Once that is done, spend the time and effort to get 25 signatures (please use a blue pen) and then follow mailing instructions found at the bottom of the petition send the signed petitions to MP Hughes at her office in the House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6. MP Hughes will share your petition with other MPs who will then present your petition in the House. Do this and you will lend your voice to the call for Canadian action on Eye Health and Vision Care.
Here’s the text of motion M-183, for your reference
M-183: Pan-Canadian Framework for Action on Eye Health and Vision Care:
Text of the Motion:
That, in the opinion of the House, the Government should work with the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities and government, not-for-profit eye health and vision care organizations towards the creation of a pan-Canadian Framework for Action on Eye Health and Vision Care, that respects jurisdictional authority and Quebec’s right to withdraw with compensation, and that will: (a) establish an Office for Vision Health at the Public Health Agency of Canada, charged with working with provinces and territories on strategies for eye health, vision care and the full integration of post-vision loss rehabilitation therapy into the health care continuum; (b) enhance funding for vision health research, beginning with ensuring representation on dedicated Canadian Institutes
of Health Research review and evaluation committees; (c) ensure enhanced access to eye health and vision care for Indigenous peoples, seniors and children;
(d) to engage in vision care pilot projects that reflects the entire journey of vision loss from prevention to rehabilitation, and encourage direct citizen engagement; and (e) engage in a public information campaign based on population health strategies aimed at influencing individual behaviors and that encourages
Canadians to think about their eye and vision health.