The Green Party of Canada (GPC) is calling for a stronger government response to the on-going impacts of COVID-19. The party highlights the need for better infection prevention and improved support for those affected.
According to Moriarty Lab, as of February 4, 2024, 1 in 19 Canadians is currently infected with COVID-19. The GPC supports funding for improved ventilation and high-quality N95 masks. They also suggest an educational campaign on COVID-19 risks and prevention methods. The party emphasizes the importance of social and economic support. This includes paid sick leave for those affected by the virus.
“COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere. We need the Federal Government to provide support to prevent or reduce COVID infections,” says Dr. Jennifer Purdy, Health Critic for the GPC. “They should also assist those who have lasting or serious health issues as a result of infection.”
Stats Canada reports that 1 in 9 Canadians suffer from long-term COVID effects. "We must pivot our approach to safeguard the health and well-being of all Canadians, regardless of age or physical ability," emphasizes Dr. Farrukh A. Chishtie, Climate Change co-critic and International Development Critic for the GPC. "There's an urgent need for improved healthcare services and investment in research. This is particularly true for Long COVID. It still presents many unanswered questions about its origins and management.”
The Green Party proposes several actions. Include COVID-19 measures in Bill C-22 to protect essential workers and help those affected by the virus. Rethink mask rules on federally regulated transport, like trains and planes, to reduce the spread of the virus. Invest in healthcare and research to help both new and ongoing COVID-19 cases across Canada. These steps are vital for a strong response to the ongoing threat.
"New disability statistics are emerging from the UK. We're seeing the beginning of a tsunami – economically, in healthcare, and across various sectors," warns Dr. Purdy. "It's crucial that Canada prepares for these risks, as more people exit the workforce or face long-term disabilities due to COVID.”