Cancer has no respect for party lines — Canadian Cancer Society ready to work with minority government

07 October 2011


The Canadian Cancer Society congratulates Premier McGuinty for his re-election to the Ontario Legislature and looks forward to the implementation of the election promises made that will prevent cancer and help people living with cancer.

“We look forward to working with all parties and leaders to ensure that important cancer-fighting policies are put in place as soon as possible,” says Martin Kabat, Ontario CEO, Canadian Cancer Society.

“Now that the election is over, we will be looking for high impact action on indoor tanning, product labeling and equitable access to cancer drugs,” says Kabat. “We’ve made clear what needs to be done. Now it’s time to make it happen.”

The Canadian Cancer Society has the support of Ontarians in calling for:

Product labelling

Ninety-one per cent of Ontarians agree the next Ontario government should ensure all consumer and household products that contain known cancer-causing substances are labelled with a warning or symbol, shows a Canadian Cancer Society-sponsored poll conducted last week.

Prohibiting youth from indoor tanning

Eighty-three per cent of Ontarians support a ban on indoor tanning by youth under 18 years, shows a Society-sponsored poll conducted in March 2011. The Society is calling on the Ontario government to protect youth from the dangers of indoor tanning, which has been directly linked to cancer.

Equitable access to cancer drugs

A large majority of Canadians — 85% — said that, if they were diagnosed with cancer, the cost of drugs would have a negative impact on their personal finances, found a national poll conducted by the Society in September 2010. The Society is calling on the Ontario government to fund all drugs recommended by the experts at Cancer Care Ontario immediately.

During the election campaign, the Liberals promised to:

  • toughen up contraband tobacco enforcement to choke off the supply of cheap, illegal cigarettes to children
  • increase fines to those who sell tobacco to children to the highest level in the country
  • create a new Family Caregiver Leave, giving working Ontarians up to eight weeks of job-protected time away from work to help a family member who can’t care for themselves because of serious injury or illness
  • create a Council on Childhood Obesity with the aim of reducing the childhood obesity rate to 20% from 28% in five years
  • provide all elementary school children with a healthy snack program, exposing more students to fresh, nutritious foods and building healthy eating habits
  • double the Children’s Activity Tax Credit to $100 per child
  • provide everyone in the province with an online Personalized Cancer Risk Profile, which will measure medical and family history and match people to screening programs and prevention supports such as genetic testing for high-risk individuals.

“If implemented, all of these promised measures will help to prevent cancer and help Ontarians living with the disease. We are pleased that this new government has committed to fighting cancer,” says Kabat.”We’re looking for more.”

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Justin Edmonstone

Public Affairs

Canadian Cancer Society

Ontario Division

Phone: 416-323-7026