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New Brunswick Provincial Election

The New Brunswick Election will be held Monday, September 24, 2018. Help make cancer an election issue for all parties! To find your candidate and where to vote visit Elections New Brunswick.

We are calling on all political parties to adapt meaningful and actionable platform commitments to address significant gaps in the cancer patient experience, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. The following four priority issues have the potential to significantly advance cancer care in NB.

Our priority issues

Cancer Patient Navigators - A cancer patient navigation system will facilitate access to critical cancer care, resources and assist in the coordination and continuity of cancer care. The CCS wants the Government of New Brunswick to collaborate with the New Brunswick Cancer Network to establish a formal cancer patient navigation system within the first year of taking office.

Take-Home Cancer Treatment - Cancer drugs are provided at no direct cost to patients while in the hospital; however when patients go home, they have to pay to access the same drugs. The CCS is asking the Government of New Brunswick to introduce a take-home cancer drug program that makes treatment at home affordable and accessible to everyone.

Tobacco Control Measures - The use of tobacco should be prevented and those using tobacco should be provided the necessary supports to quit. The CCS is asking the Government of New Brunswick to increase tobacco taxes, and substantially increase funding for a Tobacco Control Strategy.

Palliative Care Strategy - Cancer patients receiving palliative care need responsive and appropriate services to address their changing needs. The CCS wants the Government of New Brunswick to implement the Palliative Care Strategy developed in 2013.

Input from party leaders

The 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.

New Brunswick Liberal Party                       New Brunswick NDP Party

New Brunswick PC Party                             Green Party of New Brunswick

  • Send a letter to party leader

    Party Leaders 2018 New Brunswick Provincial Election

    New Brunswick Liberal Party Brian Gallant premier@gnb.ca
    New Brunswick PC Party Blaine Higgs Blaine.Higgs@gnb.ca
    New Brunswick NDP Party Jennifer McKenzie info@nbndp.ca
    Green Party of New Brunswick David Coon david.coon@greenpartynb.ca
    Sample letter to party leader:

    Dear Leader

    With nearly 1 in 2 New Brunswickers 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 New Brunswick.

    The Canadian Cancer Society has identified four 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.

    Cancer Patient Navigators

    Establish a formal cancer patient navigation system to help patients access available care and resources.

    Take-Home Cancer Treatment   

    Introduce a take-home cancer drug program that makes treatment at home affordable and accessible to everyone.

    Tobacco Control Measures

    Increase tobacco taxes, and substantially increase funding for a Tobacco Control Strategy to reduce or eliminate tobacco use.

    Palliative Care Strategy

    Implement the Palliative Care Strategy developed in 2013 by the New Brunswick Palliative Care Advisory Committee for the Minister of Health.

    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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