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View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-06-16 15:57
Let's hear your French, Ben.
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-06-16 16:13
Thank you, witnesses, for your presentations.
I can tell you that these statistics—80% more women die from lung cancer than from breast cancer and 200% more men die from lung cancer than from prostate cancer—were shocking to me. Those are shocking facts based on the publicity out there on breast and prostate cancers.
With regard to one of the key causes of lung cancer, smoking, how are we doing in Canada? I'm from Prince Edward Island and I see more young people smoking than I did a few years ago. I have no statistics or anything. I don't know. How are we actually doing especially in terms of young people smoking? One of the things I hear is that flavoured tobacco products are in fact potentially enticing youth to smoke. What's your view on that?
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-06-16 16:15
I think the reality is that if you can target young people and prevent them from starting to smoke, that's where the efforts have to be made. I look back to my own time in school, in high school, when if you didn't smoke, you were on the wrong side of societal favour. That's changed immensely, but I still see too much of it.
You're basically suggesting that we ban menthol and flavoured tobacco products, and I know they've moved on that in my province.
On early detection, you mentioned that there is a screening program in place in the United States. What has the experience been under that program? Do you have any idea of the cost? We have a public health care system here, so you have to look at the cost as an investment more than just as a cost. Can you comment on that?
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-06-16 16:19
Coming back to the early detection, what can be done both federally and provincially to enhance early detection? I hear too many stories. In fact, I was talking to a husband this morning whose wife had died and who had waited for a year before she could get into our hospital system. Would it have made a difference? We don't know.
What can be done to enhance the early detection, and operations if needed, in these kinds of matters from a policy perspective at the governmental level?
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-06-16 17:09
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses on this panel.
I'd like to start with you, Dr. Ricard. Thank you for the reality check. You make a potent point, I think, on the need for funding for research and early detection methods. I can't help but think that in your occupation you would likely be one who would be getting regular checks. That is so different from many in society, who don't get regular checks.
From your experience, or from having gone through what you've gone through, is there anything that you think governments can do, or the health system can do, that would make a difference in earlier detection?
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-06-16 17:12
Thank you for that answer.
Dr. Pantarotto, you mentioned that in Ottawa, going from an abnormal CT scan to really getting into the system for treatment takes 117 days, I think. I can tell you that's far, far, far better than it is in a lot of regions in this country. I can name my own, Prince Edward Island, as one. We finally just put a second shift on CAT scans, and we've been fighting for that for years.
First, what has to be done and what can be done by governments to reduce those wait times much more?
Second to that, I said in an earlier question that I see it as an investment. I think if you get early detection and early treatment, your expenditures within a public health care system will be a heck of a lot less.
Perhaps you could respond to that.
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.
Welcome, Mr. Zealand.
On the invasive species issue, first of all I congratulate you. If you can keep it under control you'll save a lot of money, because after it happens it seems to be a desperate problem. I'm sure you're fully aware of that.
Do you have catch and release in the Yukon?
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
On the licensing issue, the $25 or whatever it is, would you like to see that go into a fund and be dedicated to your organization, let's say, or some organization that can do more to promote the recreational fishery? Whether you agree or disagree, I'd also like you to indicate where your people come from outside of the Yukon. Are they mostly Canadians and Americans? Do you have Europeans? What needs to be done?
You have, I would think, a wonderful attraction for people who like to be involved in the wild, who like to be involved in the fishery, and you also have, I would think, a market that you're just touching yet, but that could be expanded into a lot more money. I'd like to have your idea on what you think should be done by governments, or your organization, or.... Where do you see it going?
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
I was wondering, when you were talking about advertising, if you thought it should be left to governments or should there be a wildlife organization that does promotion.
I'm not fully aware of all that you have in the Yukon, but I would expect that you have a resource that's extremely valuable worldwide. What I'm getting at is, how do you get to the people around the world? There are people all over the world who want to fish and hunt in your area. How do you do this? Do you collect funds from licences? Do you leave that to the Yukon government? Is it under the federal government in terms of tourism?
I think you have a resource that could expand. Could you indicate to me how much expansion there has been over the last five years? Have you enjoyed a large increase in the number of people outside of the Yukon coming to fish in the Yukon? That's what I'm getting at.
If you're satisfied and things are progressing the way you think they should be, that's great, but if you think that there's a potential to increase dramatically, I'd like to hear from you.
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
Good luck and thank you very much. You have a resource that I think could be valuable worldwide.
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
Thank you very much.
Randy, yes, you've been a true gentleman and if you can keep Chisholm in his place you deserve a lot of credit. He never has very much to say, Mr. Chisholm, but whatever.
Randy, you handled the issues around this committee in a very decent manner. It was interesting. I didn't always agree with the outcome, probably not very often, but the fact was that you did it with true decency. Without question, as an old clergyman said to me one time, “If I could put on my tombstone, he was a good man”. I can say one thing about you, Mr. Kamp, you are a good man and you served well and I thank you very much.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
I think it could be dangerous to take it public because I said things about Randy that were wonderful.
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I certainly welcome the witnesses, who, I might add, are very informed.
You indicated, Mr. Boudreault, that some of the programs were only funded by 50%. I think, of course, this is why the Liberal Party and I, if you check correctly, were so insistent that we have this study and to make sure that people like you were able to present to the committee the problems that you face in your province.
I understand it quite well, but I'd like you to do some explaining to the committee about what problems this creates, because there are areas that cannot come up, no matter if you're talking about fish enhancement development programs or whatever. If there's a 50% requirement on smaller areas and smaller groups, it just means that they're not able to participate in programs.
I'd like you to expand on that so that the government would fully understand how important it is that they fund these things properly.
Thank you.
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