The federal Conservative party promised a national Disabilities Act in 2006. It has failed to do so. The NDP will act where the Conservatives and Liberals refuse to.
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Today I held a press conference to introduce the NDP's plan to create a Barrier-Free Canada.

To watch the press conference, click here.

When I served as the NDP Critic for Disability Issues, I was very much aware of the challenges disabled Canadians still face every day. Once in Government, the NDP will change that.

Central to our plan is the enactment of the Canadians with Disabilities Act. We are the first major party to pledge its enactment.

The federal Conservative party promised a national Disabilities Act in 2006. It has not passed this law or introduced it into Parliament for debate.

Specifically, I and the NDP promise to:
  • Introduce a comprehensive Canadians with Disabilities Act to eliminate barriers and to promote accessibility, effective participation, and equality of opportunity for persons living with disabilities;
  • Develop a National Action Plan to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • Work with provinces, territories, indigenous communities and disability organizations to review and coordinate income supports; and
  • Defend the rights of Canadians with disabilities by reinstating the Court Challenges Program and fixing the CPP disability appeals process.
Barrier-Free Canada is a non-partisan campaign for a Barrier-Free Canada for all persons with disabilities. This is what they had to say:

"Barrier-Free Canada congratulates the federal NDP for making this important commitment. Barrier-Free Canada heartily endorses the important goals of eliminating systemic barriers that Canadians with disabilities face, and of promoting accessibility, effective participation and equal opportunity."

You can learn more about Barrier-Free Canada/Canada Sans Barrière here:

Tonight, I will participate in the Toronto All Candidates Forum on Disability Issues.

This debate is live-streamed and you can watch at the link below beginning at 6pm

Mike Sullivan.
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