Thursday, October 02, 2008

Medicare for Autism Now-BC Campaign Rally and Ontario Tour

Medicare for Autism Now Society

Medicare for Autism Now-BC Campaign Rally and Ontario Tour

Vancouver, BC:- The Medicare for Autism Now Society today announced it will be holding a campaign rally on Saturday, October 4, 2008 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Eaglequest Golf and Country Club, 7778 - 152nd St. in Surrey. This rally is part of the society’s “Two Percent Solution” campaign aimed at influencing the electoral outcome in 14 targeted federal constituencies across the country.

“In its Auton decision, the Supreme Court of Canada told parents of autistic children to “get political” if they wanted to see their children no longer be orphans of the Medicare system,” states Jean Lewis, a founding director of the Medicare for Autism Now Society. “We’ve taken the judiciary at their word and have launched a nation-wide campaign to elect MPs, regardless of which political party holds office following this election, who will vote for legislation that enshrines the treatment of autism under Medicare because it is the morally right and economically sensible thing to do.”

The rally is intended to attract parents of autistic children and their supporters from across Metro Vancouver. Its aim is to promote a grassroots campaign that will help elect candidates to Parliament who support Medicare for Autism Now!

“As a Canadian who does not have an autistic child, but who believes strongly in the fundamental values of this country, I am disgusted by the federal government’s willful indifference to the plight of these children and their families,” says Scott Hean, who will be master of ceremonies at the rally.

Representatives of Medicare for Autism Now will be traveling to Ontario the next day for a week of campaigning in target constituencies, including Parry Sound-Muskoka, political home to Canada’s Health Minister, Tony Clement.

For further information, contact:

Jean Lewis at 604-925-4401 or 604-290-5737, and

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