Mr. Speaker, as my colleague from Hochelaga has said, we can see that the department is going to invest $30 million to renew the Canadian diabetes strategy for 2004-05.
But at the moment there is nothing allocated for 2005-06 and 2006-07. The minister is aware that diabetes costs $10 billion a year, and that juvenile diabetes has a huge impact on the health system, as it has to bear the astronomical costs of kidney and heart problems caused by this type of diabetes.
Juvenile diabetes is a serious problem, and one that will continue to worsen. Canada already had the highest number of people with type 1 diabetes. Numerous experts, I might point out, feel that juvenile diabetes is one of the chronic diseases most likely to find a cure.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation tells us that an investment of $25 million a year for five years would help find a cure. That said, will the minister provide stable funding, at least $25 million, for the next five years to beat juvenile diabetes?