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Executive Council
April 26, 2012

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Premier Recognizes Daffodil Day

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House today to recognize and celebrate hope, determination and courage. Tomorrow is the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day, when we all have the opportunity to demonstrate our collective fight against cancer.

With one in three Newfoundlanders and Labradorians being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, the disease continues to touch the lives of everyone in our province. The daffodil, the chosen symbol of support and hope in the face of cancer, represents the determination that cancer can be beaten. Indeed, great strides are being made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Mr. Speaker, we will continue to work aggressively to enhance cancer care in the province and to improve quality in our health care system through investments in equipment and services for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Including Budget 2012 investments, the Provincial Government has invested over $140 million in cancer treatment and prevention since 2004. Our continued support for cancer treatment and prevention is helping to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families throughout the province. And we commend the dedicated medical professionals, volunteers and organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, who work tirelessly to help those fighting cancer.

Mr. Speaker, as we pin this little yellow flower to our lapels, we show support for those fighting cancer and remember those we have lost, but we also stand together in our fight and perseverance, steadfast that through continued research, education, effective diagnosis and treatment, we will find a way to overcome this disease.

Mr. Speaker I encourage all members of this House and all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to wear a daffodil tomorrow, April 27, as a sign of support for those fighting cancer, a symbol of hope that we will find a cure, and in memory of those we have lost.

2012 04 26             2:40 p.m.

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