Feb 17, 2015
By Don Mitchell
In light of the recent measles outbreak with multiple cases now in Ontario, the issue of immunization came up in the House of Commons.
During question period, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau accused the Harper Government of cutting funding to a federal immunization program. The Liberal leader claims there has been a 23 percent reduction in funding since 2006, and suggested the Tories should divert money from partisan advertising and into programs that encourage getting shots.
“There are five new measles cases in Ontario. The prime minister has run no ads promoting the life-saving benefits of vaccinations,” Trudeau said.
“Will he stop his self-promoting partisan government ads and invest instead now in a campaign that encourages parents to vaccinate their kids?”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper responded by making it clear he supports immunizations, as a way to protect children from a range of illnesses.