Senator Statement: Canadian Medical Association Senator Jane Cordy May 23rd, 2013
Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, today we are welcoming Canada's doctors for their annual day on Parliament Hill.
The Canadian Medical Association represents more than 78,000 doctors from coast to coast to coast. The CMA's existence dates back to when this country was founded in 1867, and that is quite remarkable for a national association that is advocating by serving and uniting the physicians of Canada, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care in our country. In fact, the CMA has been advocating for numerous years to transform our health care system, and I would like to encourage honourable senators to read their Health Care Transformation policy paper and the principles behind them.
This morning, Canadian physicians invited us for breakfast at the Parliamentary Restaurant for a presentation by Ipsos Reid and CMA President Anna Reid. Also throughout the day, you are invited to get your health checked by a physician in Room 238-S from eight o'clock this morning until four o'clock this afternoon. Finally, I would like to encourage honourable senators to meet with a doctor from their regions to discuss the challenges our populations are faced with when thinking about the health of Canadians and the health care system in Canada.