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PEI Provincial Election

The Prince Edward Island Election will be held April 23, 2019. Help make cancer an election issue for all parties! To find you candidate and where to vote visit Elections PEI.

At the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) we know that while cancer changes people, it doesn't have to define them. At CCS, we believe that life is bigger than cancer. As the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country - no other organization enables and empowers what CCS does. As the voice for Canadians who care about cancer, we:

  • fund ground breaking research into more than 100 types of cancer
  • offer trusted information, programs and services that help people with cancer and their families when they're unsure or anxious
  • advocate to governments to drive important social change and funding for cancer related issues.
CCS is calling on all political parties to adopt meaningful and actionable platform commitments to address significant gaps in the cancer prevention and support for those living with cancer.

Our priority issues: Smoke Free PEI and Cancer Support Services

Tobacco Affordability

Higher tobacco taxes are the most effective strategy to reduce smoking, especially among teenagers who have less disposable income. Increase tobacco taxes to match Nova Scotia, and direct this revenue to support tobacco use reduction initiatives.

Vaping/Tobacco 21

Too many island youth are vaping and smoking. Increase the age to access tobacco and vaping products to 21.

Smoking Cessation Support

To reduce tobacco use and improve health outcomes for all Islanders, we must help more smokers quit. PEI can help them quit smoking by funding a comprehensive smoking cessation program, which includes enhanced nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) coverage, counseling and other supports.

Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces

There is no sage level of exposure to second-hand smoke - even outdoors. Parks, playgrounds, and provincial beaches are important spaces for children to participate in healthy and enjoyable outdoor activities.

Cancer Support Services

Work with the Canadian Cancer Society to improve support programs for people with cancer, their caregivers, and families to enable Islanders to better meet their health and emotional needs.

Input from party leaders

CCS asked the leaders of the four main political parties to respond to specific questions about our top priorities. Click on the party below to view their responses, as they become available.

PEI Liberal Party                      PEI NDP Party

PEI PC Party                           Green Party of PEI

  • Send a Letter to Party Leaders

    Main Political Party Leaders 2019 PEI Election

    Party
    Leader Email
    Green Party
    Peter Bevan-Baker
    info@greenparty.pe.ca
    Liberal Party
    Wade MacLauchlan
    premier@gov.pe.ca
    New Democratic Party
    Joe Byrne
    info@www.ndppei.ca
     Progressive Conservative Party
    Dennis King
    info@peipcparty.ca
    Sample letter to party leader:

    Dear [LEADER],

    With nearly 1 in 2 Islanders expected to develop cancer in their lifetime, we need to ensure cancer issues stay top-of-mind for the party that forms the next Government of Prince Edward Island.

    The Canadian Cancer Society has identified five key issues that are vital to preventing cancer and supporting those living with it. I am asking you to publicly support and adopt the following recommendations that will help prevent cancer and improve outcomes and quality of life for people living  with cancer.

    Tobacco Affordability

    Higher tobacco taxes are the most effective strategy to reduce smoking, especially among teenagers who have less disposable income. Increase tobacco taxes to match Nova Scotia, and direct this revenue to support tobacco use reduction initiatives.

    Vaping/Tobacco 21

    Too many island youth are vaping and smoking. Increase the age to access tobacco and vaping products to 21.

    Smoking Cessation Support

    To reduce tobacco use and improve health outcomes for all Islanders, we must help more smokers quit. PEI can help them quit smoking by funding a comprehensive smoking cessation program, which includes enhanced nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) coverage, counseling and other supports.

    Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces

    There is no sage level of exposure to second-hand smoke - even outdoors. Parks, playgrounds, and provincial beaches are important spaces for children to participate in healthy and enjoyable outdoor activities.

    Cancer Support Services

    Work with the Canadian Cancer Society to improve support programs for people with cancer, their caregivers, and families to enable Islanders to better meet their health and emotional needs.

    I strongly support the above recommendations. If implemented, they could have a significant impact in reducing the cancer burden and supporting those living with cancer and beyond.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to your response.

    Sincerely,

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