Health and Community Services
April 18, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services

Cancer Awareness Month Recognized in Newfoundland and Labrador

Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries. Its impacts are multiple and far-reaching, affecting people of all ages.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize April as Cancer Awareness Month. The Provincial Government recently joined with its partners to light the Confederation Building yellow.

The lighting ceremony held on April 2 highlighted the significant efforts of community groups and agencies in this province that support the many people affected by cancer every year.

Through their hard work and dedication, they are making a very real difference in the lives of so many. For this, we thank you.

April also means it is Daffodil Month. I encourage everyone to wear a daffodil pin or purchase a bunch of daffodils – a symbol of hope, strength and courage.

Through our participation in the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, we have been able to allocate $3.4 million for new cancer drugs in this year’s budget. This reflects our government’s commitment to be innovative in how it supports the health care needs of residents.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage all members of the House of Assembly to stand with me as we work to raise awareness, support those facing this disease, and find a cure.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. 

2018 04 18                                                    2:25 p.m.