On August 22, 2017, we met with then Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam to deliver 2,700 personal Lyme Letters, 12,000 Ticking Lyme Bomb Petition comments and scientific literature on maternal – child transmission of Lyme Disease. In that meeting, we spoke to the intense and widespread suffering that is occurring across Canada due to the unacceptable denial of proper testing, diagnosis and treatment and care for those stricken with tick-borne diseases.
In this meeting, Minister Philpott and Dr. Tam invited us to continue working alongside the Health Minister’s office and Public Health Agency of Canada, and we believe this partnership is crucial to effect much needed change for all Canadians.
If you click the link above, you can read the response we received on September 29, 2017 from Dr. Tam and Dr. Siddika Mithani, President of Public Health Agency of Canada regarding the Lyme Letters. We responded back on October 25, 2017 and that response is also posted.
While we appreciate the engagement of the Public Health Agency of Canada, these letters were personally addressed to then Health Minister Jane Philpott. We are disappointed that former Health Minister Jane Philpott has not yet responded. She opened her doors to meet with us and receive the Lyme Letters. These letters are significant in the depth of the anguish, emotion and suffering conveyed by thousands of Canadian men, women and children, and we believe a personal response from Minister Philpott would be appropriate and appreciated.
We will continue to request this response and engagement, from both Minister Philpott and the new health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor. We think it is important that our elected officials remain responsive to the voices and needs of the Canadians that voted for them.
You can also read our October 25th introduction letter to Minister Petitpas-Taylor. We have not yet received a response from her office and we will be following up.
We appreciate your ongoing support as we continue to engage with those who have the power and responsibility to protect the health and welfare of Canadians. The unacceptable narrative in Canada around Lyme & related diseases continues, and we therefore continue to encourage all Canadians to sign, comment and share this Petition.