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Moncton, New Brunswick
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Responsible, compassionate, and thoughtful, Lisa Raitt’s life changed when she first met Stephen Harper, who inspired her to run in the former riding of Halton in 2008 and then asked Lisa to serve in his Cabinet immediately after being elected to the House of Commons. She was most recently  re-elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for Milton. 

Previously, Ms. Raitt served as Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour and Minister of Transport and following the 2015 federal election, the finance critic for the Official Opposition.

Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Lisa was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA). She had previously served as the TPA’s general counsel and harbourmaster.

Lisa is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph.  She earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University, specializing in intellectual property, commercial litigation and shipping arbitration.

Lisa is an active member of her community and has volunteered for many worthwhile organizations including the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and various Mental Health initiatives across Canada. As Minister of Labour, Lisa helped launch Bell’s Let’s Talk, starting a nationwide conversation about mental health.

Lisa is married to Bruce Wood and the mother of two boys who are actively involved with many sports organizations in their family hometown of Milton, Ontario.

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Lisa Raitt: My plan for health care

February 18, 2017

I recently announced my health care plan, which will target areas that are being neglected by the Liberal government and that will protect some of Canada’s most vulnerable citizens.

You can read more about my plan here.

My plan is built around four pillars:

1) A Canadian Autism Partnership working with provinces to address key issues such as information sharing and research, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, while supporting families living with autism.

2) A National Dementia Strategy based on the recommendations of the Senate’s Dementia/Alzheimer’s report from last fall supported with steady, reliable federal funding.

3) Tackling the challenge of Rare Diseases by investing in early diagnosis, access to treatment and research for those suffering from rare disorders – an astonishing 1 in 12 Canadians – impacting 3 million families.

4) Driving Efficiency and Innovation – The Government of Canada cannot write blank cheques or continue to deliver health care funding as it has in the past. We will be relentlessly focused on every opportunity to innovate and find efficiencies that allow for re-investment in key priorities.

I know what it’s like for families sitting around the kitchen table concerned about whether their family will fall through the cracks. I’ve been there.

I’ve also been at the boardroom table and the Cabinet table when tough decisions about funding and ensuring effective implementation were being made. I know that I can deliver on these pillars.

Canadians deserve more than they are getting from this government when it comes to health care. If you support my health care plan, please join my team, and share this message with someone who believes that we can do better on heath care.

Thank you,

Lisa Raitt

PS -- To make this a reality for all Canadians, we need to achieve Victory in 2019. You can be a part of that by joining the thousands of Canadians who have signed up for a membership to support my bid for leadership!

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