Bernard Généreux, MP for Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, rose in the House of Commons for the second time in less than a year to reaffirm his support for the campaign “Mes soins restent ici” (“keep healthcare close to home”). Formed by local residents and healthcare professionals, this campaign is in response to fears about an imminent review of the services provided at Hôpital Notre-Dame-de-Fatima in La Pocatière in 2017. He aims to use simple actions to show how important it is to maintain good local healthcare services for the sake of the region.
Bernard Généreux wanted to make this statement as a member of the community, as a father and grandfather of a family that has already received excellent care at Hôpital Notre-Dame-de-Fatima and will likely need excellent care again, wishing the best for his community, which is facing major challenges brought about by population changes.
A transcript of Bernard Généreux’s statement on Wednesday, January 31, 2018:
“Mr. Speaker, as I said last May 10, it has been almost 56 years since I, by virtue of my birth, inaugurated a room at Hôpital Notre-Dame-de-Fatima. The hospital was built to serve the population of Kamouraska and the surrounding area. Over the past year, local residents and health care professionals working together have organized a march, a petition, and more to keep our hospital and to keep health care alive in our region.
“It is important to me to celebrate this grassroots movement by repeating myself. Apparently repeating things eventually gets the message across. I strongly support this movement because, with our aging population, we are going to need all of those services and more. I am wearing a ‘K’ with a red heart around it because I love my community, and my community includes health care. Clearly, we need to keep health care close to home.”
Mr. Généreux hopes to share a message of hope for Kamouraska, where he lives with his family.