Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition submitted by Louise Lamontagne of Kapuskasing. This petition has been signed by hundreds of people from Kapuskasing, Moonbeam, Fauquier and Timmins.
They are petitioning the Minister of Health to have chronic cerebrospinal venous Insufficiency surgery, also known as the Zamboni treatment or liberation therapy, made available in Canada to people who suffer from multiple sclerosis. The petitioners join residents from Rockland, Val Rita, Verner, Mattice, Wawa, Moosonee, Strickland and Ottawa in signing the petition.
It is obvious that there is a growing chorus of Canadians who have great hope is CCSVI's potential to improve the quality of life for people living with MS.
Clearly, an increasing number of people suffering from multiple sclerosis are demanding access to this procedure.
A good portion of those are only held back by the tremendous costs of receiving the treatment abroad. The petitioners feel that it is time for the minister to stem the tide of Canadians who are travelling abroad to receive liberation therapy and make this otherwise common procedure available to Canadians with MS.