Election 2015: Keeping HIV and Human Rights on the Agenda

On October 19, 2015, Canada’s voters have an opportunity to decide what kind of government they want — one that has regard for evidence and upholds health and human rights for all, or one that perpetuates outmoded and ill-informed policies proven to produce devastating consequences for both individual and public health.


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Legal Network questionnaire to federal parties on six HIV-related issues

The Legal Network circulated a questionnaire to each of the major federal parties — the Bloc Québécois, the Conservative Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party of Canada. Our questions gauge their positions on six critical issues related to HIV and human rights:

  • adequate funding for an up-to-date federal strategy on HIV and AIDS (read our jointly written blog post at The Huffington Post);
  • supervised consumption services;
  • prison needle and syringe programs;
  • sex workers’ health and rights;
  • LGBTI rights at home and abroad; and
  • equitable access to medicines.

You can read our questions and the parties’ responses below. Also, keep checking back (www.aidslaw.ca/election2015) as we release a series of daily blog-posts offering commentary and analysis on how the parties responded to these important issues.

Questionnaire and responses


Blog posts

  1. Election 2015: LGBTI rights at home and abroad — Canada’s major federal parties respond (October 5)
  2. Election 2015: Bill C-398 and access to medicines — Canada’s major federal parties respond (October 6)
  3. Election 2015: Bill C-36 and sex workers’ rights — Canada’s major federal parties respond (October 7)
  4. Election 2015: Funding the federal HIV/AIDS strategy — Canada’s major federal parties respond (October 8)
  5. Election 2015: Prisoners’ right to health — Canada’s major federal parties respond (October 9)
  6. Election 2015: Bill C-2 and supervised consumption services — Canada’s major federal parties respond (October 13)

Legal Network, CDPC, mumsDU: joint questionnaire to federal parties on drug policy issues

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), and moms united and mandated to saving the lives of Drug Users (mumsDU) — three non-partisan organizations working to reform drug policy in Canada — recently sent a questionnaire to all major federal parties asking five key questions on Canada’s approach to addressing problems related to illegal drugs. Responses were received from the Green Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party of Canada.

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