Conservatives Vow to Support Measures Connected to Terry Fox Fight Against Cancer

Party Leaders squared off in the first national debate of election 2015
Party Leaders squared off in the first national debate of election 2015

VANCOUVER – ELECTION 2015 – Conservative MP James Moore has announced that a re-elected Conservative government would continue its work to improve the health of Canadians by supporting three new measures connected to Terry Fox’s fight against cancer.

“Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. “His Marathon of Hope and determination to find a cure for cancer embodied values that Canadians hold dear – like courage, optimism and a belief that ordinary Canadians can achieve extraordinary things.”

Joined by Laureen Harper and Tim Laidler, Conservative candidate for Port Moody-Coquitlam, Moore announced that a re-elected Conservative government would:

match donations for this year’s 35th annual Terry Fox Run to a maximum of $35 million;
provide capital funding of $12.5 million to help establish the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Centre in Vancouver, in conjunction with other levels of government and private donors.
renew its commitment to the Canadian Partnership against Cancer, which works with cancer groups and experts across the country to treat and prevent cancer.
“Our government is committed to a publicly-funded, universally accessible and sustainable health care system,” said Moore, noting the government’s strong record of supporting ground-breaking research into cancer and other diseases as well as consistent, sustainable increases to the Canada Health Transfer.

“Justin is just not capable of managing Canada’s finances and ensuring health transfers keep increasing while budgets remain balanced and taxes stay low,” Moore said. “When the Liberal party was in government, it reduced the structural deficit it created by slashing health funding to provinces.”

“Mulcair and the NDP say that they will spend even more on health transfers but haven’t said how they will pay for it,” Moore said. “Based on their record in numerous provinces, the NDP will wreck the economy and weaken the services that Canadians depend upon. We cannot have a strong health care system without a strong economy. That’s why Canadians simply cannot afford Mulcair and the NDP.”

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