Parkinson’s advocacy action ramps up: we need your help

Beginning in April 2010, Parkinson Society Canada is increasing communication to federal policy makers on seven key areas of interest for Canadians with Parkinson’s:

  • research – the pressing need for accelerated and targeted investment in Parkinson-specific research and neuroscience research;
  • prevention – the need to learn more about how to prevent Parkinson’s and, in the meantime, how to slow progression and prevent complications;
  • caregiver support – the need to support the valuable role played by family caregivers;
  • income security – the need to ensure that people disabled by Parkinson’s disease are protected from poverty;
  • integrated care and support – the need to better coordinate care;
  • genetic privacy – the need to protect people with Parkinson’s disease and their families from genetic discrimination; and
  • public awareness and education – the need to build a better understanding of the Parkinson’s experience and brain health overall, in the Canadian public and among front-line health professionals.

Parkinson Society Canada is asking the Government of Canada to invest in the development of a National Brain Strategy.

We need your help to bring the Government of Canada’s attention to the needs of Canadians with Parkinson’s and other brain conditions.  Send a letter to your Member of Parliament and Senators, as well as key decision makers including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Minister of Health, Minister of Finance, Minister of State for Seniors, and Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

To find contact information for your Member of Parliament or Senators, visit

To send a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his key Ministers, please use the following contact information:

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2

The Honourable James M. Flaherty, P.C., MP
Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada
140 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, P.C., MP
Minister of Health
Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney’s Pasture
Postal Locator: 0906C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

The Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., MP
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A OA6

The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, P.C., MP
Minister of State (Seniors)
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6

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All material related to Parkinson's disease contained in Parkinson Post is solely for the information of the reader. It should not be used for treatment purposes. Specific articles reflect the opinion of the writer and are not necessarily the opinion of PSC.

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