World AIDS Day

I am proud to highlight the incredible work of AIDS Saskatoon, and to thank Jason Mercredi and his caring, hard-working staff for being leaders in HIV prevention, awareness, and support.

On World AIDS Day, I am proud to highlight the incredible work of AIDS Saskatoon, and to thank Jason Mercredi and his caring, hard-working staff for being leaders in HIV prevention, awareness, and support.

Saskatchewan has the highest rates of HIV in Canada, at almost three times the national average, and almost half of all new cases are in Saskatoon. Stable housing means that people in my community living with HIV can stay on their medications, resulting in almost a zero per cent transmission rate. Research shows that 75% of homeless individuals living with HIV and no support will die within five years.

A national plan to end and prevent homelessness that addresses the unique needs of those living with HIV would help turn the tide, not just in my community, but across Canada. I ask all members to support my motion, Motion No. 147. Together, we can plan to end homelessness.