People with rare diseases deserve support of government: Brockville tour stop

February 8, 2016

St. Lawrence News

Ontarians should not have to plead with the provincial government in order to receive life-saving treatment for rare diseases.hat is the message being delivered by a campaign in support of a private member’s motion by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris that is scheduled for debate in the Ontario legislature on Feb. 25.

Rare disease care spotlighted

February 4, 2016

The Brockville Recorder & Times

Paying for healthcare out-of-pocket because your affliction is rare shouldn’t happen in Ontario, a Member of Provincial Parliament said at a local roundtable Wednesday. Michael Harris, the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga since 2011, stopped in Brockville as part of his province-wide campaign to create a provincial committee on rare disease treatment in Ontario.

Tory MPP touring province to improve treatment of rare diseases

February 3, 2016

CKWS Newswatch (VIDEO)

Having a rare disease is not only traumatic on patients and their families — but on their bank accounts as well. Some resort to holding bake sales to pay hefty medical bills. Now, sufferers of rare diseases in Ontario are hoping a private members bill will provide more financial and treatment options.

PC MPP wants help for those with rare diseases

February 2, 2016

CFRA Newstalk Radio – Ottawa

Harris wants the Wynne government to set up a select committee of MPPs to study the issue, and recommend ways the province can help those suffering from rare illnesses. He said there are too many Ontarians who are “outside the [healthcare] system.”

Rare Disease Needs Fair Treatment

February 1, 2016

Blackburn News

Members of Alpha-1 Canada are hoping a private member’s bill can help improve access to life saving treatments. MPP Michael Harris from Kitchener-Conestoga would like the provincial government to strike a select committee into rare disease treatment in Ontario.

Kitchener-Conestoga Tory MPP Michael Harris visits Durham to talk rare diseases

January 31, 2016

Durham Region. com

Michael Harris, a Progressive Conservative MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, began a province-wide consultation before he requests an all-party Select Committee to study rare diseases. Among those at the session held in Ajax on January 25 were Shelley Frappier and her two-year-old son Nico. He suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, one that affects only six other Canadians.

MPP Harris aims to improve treatment of rare diseases

January 29, 2016

Waterloo Region Record

Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris is touring the province on a campaign to end the inequity faced by people suffering with a rare disease. The Progressive Conservative’s private member’s motion to strike an all-party committee into rare disease treatment in Ontario will be debated on Feb. 25.

Treating Rare Disease (radio)

January 27, 2016

CBC Windsor

We’d like to think that our provincial health plan covers just about any illness, but if you’re diagnosed with a rare disease, you may be out of luck. We spoke to Opposition MPP Michael Harris who’s hoping to change that. (6:47)

#TreatRareDisease Tour in Windsor

January 27, 2016

CBC News Windsor (VIDEO)

Brantford-area EDS families ‘hoping for a miracle’

January 24, 2016

Brantford Expositor

There’s still no word from the Ministry of Health on how it will help local families distressed by the overwhelming costs they’re incurring taking children to the United States for surgery and care.

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