Press Conference: Improving the Lyme Disease Framework

On Monday, April 10th, 2017 in News, Press Conferences

Dear Friends and Supporters,

On Tuesday, MPs from all parties and a Senator gathered to call for a strengthened Federal Lyme Disease Framework. Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, Conservative Senator from Nova Scotia, a world-respected scientist before being named to the Senate and Chair of the Senate Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee, joined me, as well as MPs Tracey Ramsey (NDP for Essex), and Francesco Sorbara (Liberal for Vaughan – Woodbridge) to support the calls of advocates to strengthen the framework.

Dr. Melanie Wills, Director of the Canadian Lyme Science Alliance (CLSA) and researcher in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Guelph University, and Dr. Liz Zubek, a family physician who specializes in the treatment of Lyme Disease, both called for an improved framework, with a focus on improving the review of the available biomedical literature, and increasing the urgency of the call for better diagnostic testing. Rossana Magnotta, President and Founder of the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases and advocate called for the Minister to incorporate better patient input into the Framework.

I encourage you to watch the press conference here:

There’s still time for the Framework to reflect these concerns. I remain deeply grateful that the bill received all-party support in the House of Commons and Senate. I continue to believe that working together, there is much we can accomplish to improve the lives of those suffering from this terrible disease.


Elizabeth May, OC
Member of Parliament
Saanich-Gulf Islands
Leader of the Green Party of Canada


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  • Terry Harnden

    For those with lime disease check for magnesium depletion (likely due to the normal daily detox of mercury buildup as we get older) and its effect on our immune systems.

    • Lenny Bruce


      • Terry Harnden

        Likewise Welcome to pharmas part in Agenda 21.Even Hilary is caught and she doesn’t even know it.

  • Lenny Bruce

    My Daughter was tested for lyme disease twice and both tests were positive then the doctor said she doesn`t have it after talking with other colleges and then told her it was rhumatord arthritus ?

    • Marilyn Hamoline

      Lenny, there are many cases across Canada similar to what’s happening with your daughters positive tests being disrefarded. In many of these cases, patients will request copies of the test results and aren’t able to get them as they have gone ‘missing’. Sad, but it is true. I would recommend you find a lyme literate doctor or naturopathic doctor (through and disregard the arthiritis diagnosis…

  • Rob Murray

    It is not right that we allow U.S. Insurance companies through the IDSA of which the interim director of PHAC is a likely member to direct our Canadian healthcare system. The Infectious disease doctors of the AMMI take their direction from and owe their loyalty to the IDSA and not to Canadians.

  • Marilyn Hamoline

    Thank you to all speakers, very well said!

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