Mr. Speaker, March 24 was World TB Day, an international day of action to mobilize political will to combat tuberculosis.
Every year, 8.8 million new people become infected with TB and 1.4 million die needlessly from this curable disease.
Canada is not immune to this epidemic. Sixty-three per cent of Canada's TB cases are among newcomer Canadians, reinforcing the fact that TB is a disease that knows no borders.
Tuberculosis remains a global problem, requiring continued global leadership to develop concrete strategies and commit sustained resources toward global TB control.
I ask all members of the House to join me and commit to take action as global leaders to prevent death from tuberculosis.