Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about an innovative and valuable project in my riding, the Access Health Centre.
In partnership, AIDS Vancouver Island and the Victoria Cool Aid Society plan to create a comprehensive health centre providing care to the homeless and those affected by HIV-AIDS and hepatitis C, groups that typically face barriers to accessing mainstream medical care.
The centre is designed as part of a preventive health and drug strategy. It will provide effective services while reducing the costs to government and society.
Support for this project crosses all party lines. All MPs in south Vancouver Island recognize its value and its potential in assisting homeless people to rebuild their lives.
This much needed project requires the participation of all levels of government. I urge the Conservative government to collaborate and to commit financial support to make this a reality.