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e-126 (Health care services)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Kat Lanteigne from Toronto, Ontario, on January 18, 2016, at 3:05 p.m. (EDT)
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Blood
Plasma centres
Private sector
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Over 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C via tainted blood in Canada, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Canadians and harming countless families;
  • Canada spent $17 million dollars on a publicly-funded federal inquiry which revealed that the paid-donor system was a key factor contributing to Canadians receiving tainted blood;
  • Billions of dollars in compensation have been given to those who received tainted blood and their families due, in part, to Canada's former reliance on blood from paid donors;
  • The Krever Inquiry recommended an end to a private, for-profit blood donor system in Canada, citing these five basic principles regarding how the blood system should be governed: 1. Blood is a public resource; 2. Donors should not be paid; 3. Sufficient blood should be collected so that importation from other countries is unnecessary; 4. Access to blood and blood products should be free and universal; and 5. Safety of the blood supply system is paramount;
  • Our blood plasma is not meant to be a commodity that is bought and sold, we must protect our voluntary blood system in Canada and ensure we have one national operator, the Canadian Blood Services, to oversee blood collection and plasma collection in our country.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, request (or call upon) the Government of Canada to:
Refuse to issue or approve any license to Canadian Plasma Resources or other private, for-profit, donor-paid blood products company to operate in Canada; and
Implement legislation that ensures no for-profit, donor-paid blood donor clinics are allowed to operate in Canada.
Vancouver Kingsway
NDP
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on June 16, 2016
Government response tabled on August 17, 2016
Open for signature : January 18, 2016, at 3:05 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : May 17, 2016, at 3:05 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
97
British Columbia
358
Manitoba
17
New Brunswick
27
Newfoundland and Labrador
8
Northwest Territories
10
Nova Scotia
108
Ontario
965
Prince Edward Island
13
Quebec
36
Saskatchewan
88
Yukon
1
Other Countries
11
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