Friday, October 25, 2013
Today marks the 20th anniversary of my election as MP for Vancouver Centre. Holding this office, serving my constituents, has been the greatest honour of my life. Whether we agreed or disagreed, I have always tried my best to represent the diverse points of view, passions, opinions, and convictions held by Vancouver Centre residents. We live in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, in a country that holds so much potential.
I am proud to have served as a Minister and member of a government that in 13 years made significant contributions to equality under the law for the LGBTTQ community, including same-sex marriage. We posted 9 balanced budgets, and paid down Canada's debt, becoming the number one economy in the G7. Our government shielded Canada from a global banking crisis by regulating our national banks proactively. When we left government in 2006, our financial house was in order – we balanced the books and left a $13 billion surplus.
I was proud to be in a...
Monday, October 7, 2013
OTTAWA– The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement today on Mental Illness Awareness Week:

“On Mental Illness Awareness Week, we recognize the widespread impact of mental illness in our society. With one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health issue during their lifetime and at a cost to our economy of more than $50 billion annually, no one is untouched by its effects.

In my own life, I am continually inspired by my mother, Margaret, and the many other Canadians who have chosen to raise...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. In October 2011, Parliament unanimously passed a motion, tabled by Liberals, to implement a National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Despite voting in favour the Conservative government has done nothing to implement that plan.

Suicide is preventable but Canada has one of the highest rates per capita in the industrialised world. It is the #2 cause of death among Canadian males aged 10 to 24; the leading cause of death in men 25 to 44 and in women 30 to 34.

Armed forces personnel have rates three times the national average; LGBTTQ youth 5 times the national average, and Aboriginal men 7 times...
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
DR. HEDY FRY is convinced that Canadians are paying far too much for prescription drugs, either individually or through insurance plans. In a phone interview with the Georgia Straight, the veteran Vancouver Centre MP and Liberal health critic even put a price tag on the unnecessary cost to the country: $14 billion per year.

“Canada is the only industrialized nation that has a national health-care system and that does not have a national pharmaceutical strategy of any kind,” Fry said.

She based her $14-billion annual estimate on data compiled by Steve Morgan, an associate professor in UBC’s school of population and public health. Morgan coauthored a commentary earlier...
Monday, September 2, 2013
September 3, 2013
Vancouver, BC –The Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P. for Vancouver Centre and Federal Liberal Health Critic will host a town hall meeting on a National Pharmacare Strategy, with Drs. Steve Morgan and Michael Law from UBC's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. 
“Nearly one in ten Canadians cannot afford the medications they are prescribed so many prescriptions go unfilled. This worsens their health, leading to more frequent hospital visits and increased costs to the health care system,” said Dr. Fry. "Appropriate access to necessary drugs is an integral part of treating those who are ill. Good therapy keeps patients out of hospital and improves their quality of life while bringing down costs and freeing up beds".
According to Dr. Steve Morgan, "Canada can save up to $14 billion per year by introducing
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
It's been eight years since Prime Minister Paul Martin and all premiers agreed to deliver a National Pharmaceuticals Strategy -- one of nine objectives of the 2004 Health Accord -- which at $41.2 billion was to be fully funded for ten years.
Under this strategy, the federal and British Columbian health minister co-chaired the development of a comprehensive plan that would ensure patients had access to the prescription drugs they needed, without suffering financial hardship in the process.
However, the plan was about more than just low-cost drug coverage. It sought to accelerate access to breakthrough drugs which could save lives and ...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Dear Minister Baird,
I am writing to you concerning the Canadian government’s stance on the continuing assault against LGBTTQ rights in Russia. Despite an ongoing global sea-change in public attitudes towards LGBTTQ people, Russia continues to display an alarming willingness to discriminate against and vilify queer people within its borders. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic games present a golden opportunity for Canada to take a global stand against homophobia and transphobia in Russia. 
Russia has recently seen a brutal combination of laws and government policies explicitly punishing queer Russians. These, combined with an appalling rash of murders, assaults, and other human rights violations against LGBTTQ people living in Russia, are rapidly making that country one of the world’s worst places to be an LGBTTQ person. Yet in the midst of these developments, the Canadian government has stayed silent, to the great disappointment of my constituents and concerned Canadians.
The current state of...