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Conservative MP, diagnosed with cancer, bids teary farewell in House of Commons

Last Updated May 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm EST

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Mark Warawa used his farewell address to the House Commons today to call for changes that will ensure more Canadians have access to palliative care.

The 69-year-old faces his own battle with pancreatic cancer, diagnosed after he’d publicly announced in January he would retire.

Warawa says statistics show that between 70 and 84 per cent of Canadians have no access to palliative care.

He says in some cases it’s better not to pursue heroic measures and that science has shown people can live longer and have a better quality of life if they’re given palliative care.

Warawa he hopes the next Parliament will commit to legislative changes to ensure it’s available to more Canadians.

He says he hopes to stay on the job until the next election but he’ll likely work from his office in his Langley-Aldergrove riding.

The Canadian Press