IN THE NEWS- Last Thursday; November 2nd, 2023, MP Gord Johns rose in the House of Commons to ask the government to change course and deliver the Canada Mental Health Transfer they so urgently need. With the cost of living, Canadians cannot afford the therapy they need from private sector mental health service providers. The publicly funded system has month-long wait lists, sometimes it takes years to see a mental health practitioner. There is no post-pandemic recovery plan to help people with mental health issues. So many people end up suffering in silence. This not acceptable especially when the Liberals campaign promise of a $4.5 billion transfer to provinces and territories has been ignored. The response? The minister acknowledged there is much work to do in all aspects of mental health and it "really requires all of us to think about how we can do everything we can to treat each other better and put mental health at the front of our workplaces and our lives." This is beyond frustrating but I will not give up this fight. Breaking this promise is costing lives.