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View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
View Blaine Calkins Profile
2009-06-11 10:05
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I wanted to ask both witnesses some questions. I think I'll start with Dr. O'Connor.
When you started out your testimony you talked about the baseline basically being anecdotal or cultural stories that you've heard about how things used to be. You said they didn't have a word for “cancer”. I'm sure they didn't have a word for “epidemiologist” at some point in their language either. And I say that with respect, because there are differences.
I represent a large first nations area in my constituency in Alberta, and I note that there are different health concerns on that reserve than in the neighbouring communities, and that is in large part due to cultural choices and cultural practices.
Do you know what the smoking rate is in Fort Chipewyan?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
View Blaine Calkins Profile
2009-06-11 10:06
Anecdotally, could you enlighten this committee as to what percentage of the population you think are smokers?
John O'Connor
View John O'Connor Profile
John O'Connor
2009-06-11 10:06
I couldn't give a percentage, but I know that the community, because of its cohesion and because of the history of the input from medical and nursing staff at the nursing station, has been actively pursuing a healthy-lifestyle direction for a number of years.
View Harold Albrecht Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses. My apologies for arriving late.
I did get a number of the reports off the web earlier. I just want to focus on a couple of areas as they relate to health care, maybe following up a bit on Mr. Rickford's questions.
First of all, I notice that in the lung cancer rates among Inuit, you indicate here that they're the highest in the world, and you also indicate that, on a daily basis, more than three times as many Inuit smoke as other Canadians do. That really concerns me. Are there any prevention or educational programs in place? Secondly, there is the cost factor in this. One of the very obvious questions is this: how can this many Inuit people afford to be smoking and not affect the rest of their lifestyle in terms of adequate housing, food, and those kinds of things?
It may not be fair to ask you that question as it's out of your mandate, but could you just respond a bit in terms of what you found in your analysis?
View Luc Malo Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Welcome, Minister. Congratulations on your election and your appointment to the Cabinet.
Before discussing the estimates, I would like to get back to something you mentioned in your presentation. You said you wanted to continue, through different initiatives, to drive down smoking rates even lower than where they sit today. However we can see in the 2007-08 Public Accounts that the contribution in support of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy was reduced by about $13 million. This means that out of an estimated total budget of $15.7 million, only $2.8 million were spent.
How can you reconcile these two facts?
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