JointHealth™ express   April 14, 2009

Today is the first official day of the provincial election campaign in BC. The upcoming provincial election will be held on May 12, 2009. Arthritis Consumer Experts believes that arthritis, a disease affecting more adults than cancer, heart disease and spinal cord trauma, should be an issue of great importance to candidates running for office.

Arthritis Consumer Experts has written a letter to each of the candidates telling them about arthritis and asking for their commitment to helping people who live with the disease, and we ask you to write as well. We must help the candidates in this election understand the tremendous impact of our disease, and we can only do that if our voices are united.

Please take the time to download the election info pack provided on the ACE website Inside the election info pack, you will find a sample letter to your candidates, which you can use as-is, or modify to express your own personal views about arthritis. Also included: a backgrounder on arthritis in BC and links to contact information for candidates. For your information, we have also included a copy of the letter ACE has sent to each candidate, and a copy of the questionnaire we have sent to the central campaign office for each party.

We encourage you to take the time to print out an election info pack and send it to all of the candidates in your riding. The voice of arthritis must be heard and this is a tremendous opportunity for people with arthritis—more than 600,000 British Columbians—to speak out.