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[Editorial] Canada’s healthy future?

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new Prime Minister-designate, laid out several policies in his Liberal Party’s manifesto in the run-up to the Oct 19 national election, which will see the return of the Trudeau family to 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. There are promises to re-engage with First Nation Canadians, abandoned from health service planning by the Stephen Harper stewardship of the past decade; appoint a Chief Science Officer within government (to help the nation re-connect with a community often viewed by the previous administration with mistrust and suspicion); legalise cannabis; commit to stronger action on climate change; and increase funding for the devolved provincial and territory health systems to offer improved services, notably in the areas of elderly care and mental health.