moved for leave to introduce Bill C-237, an act to establish a national framework for diabetes.
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise in the House today to introduce my bill, an act to establish a national framework for diabetes. Today, 11 million Canadians have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Brampton has the highest rate of diabetes. In the birthplace of insulin, how can we not take stronger action toward improving the lives of nearly one-third of Canadians?
Presently, 20 Canadians are diagnosed with diabetes every hour of every day. The national framework seeks to improve access to treatment and prevention of diabetes through education, consultation with the federal and provincial governments and indigenous groups, clinical practice guidelines and, most importantly, a united approach to ensure better health outcomes for Canadians.
Through my bill, I am confident that one day soon we will extinguish the torch outside Banting House. Together, we will find a way to defeat diabetes.
I want to thank the member for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam for seconding the motion to introduce my bill.
I encourage all members in the House to join in support of improving the lives of millions of Canadians across Canada.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)