Canadian Government Holds Off AIDS Announcement: Conference Too "Politicized"
August 18, 2006
As the 16th International AIDS Conference comes to a close, Canada's Conservative government has decided not to use the meeting as a platform for any announcements about funding increases or other steps to fight HIV/AIDS. In an e-mail, Press Secretary Erik Waddell in the office of Health Minister Tony Clement wrote, "The government of Canada is strongly committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS and continues to commit a significant amount of money to this issue. Our government is committed to doing more in the future. However, there are no announcements this week while the issue is so politicized." The government also declined to say whether it plans to renew support for the Vancouver facility that is North America's only safe injection site. Keith Martin, a member of Parliament from British Columbia, called the government's postponement of an announcement appalling and reprehensible.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.