THE NHPPA’S ANALYSIS OF GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION IN THESE PAPERS WAS THE CATALYST IN CANADA’S NATIONAL REBELLION FOR HEALTH FREEDOM AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
Since the introduction, during 2008, of sister Bills C-51 and C-52, Shawn Buckley and the NHPPA have produced the discussions which moved a nation to observe and understand the meaning of legislation which might otherwise have passed without citizen and industry opposition. These views were considered radical then but are now acknowledged and accepted as expert critiques from the grass roots to Senate.
Based on expert knowledge of the constitution, criminal and civil law, each attempt by Health Canada to bypass Canadians’ rights has been examined and explained.
To know where we it is vital to understand how we arrived here.
WHAT IS A DISCUSSION PAPER?
Legislation presented to Parliament in the form of a Bill is a complex and dense document. Couched in legal terminology and laid out in ways which make for difficult reading, these documents are not easy for the lay person to interpret. Even many MPs, unless they have had extensive legal training, may find it difficult to understand the detailed effects of a new Bill without assistance.
A Discussion Paper is written to stimulate discussion. It is a set of observations and comments designed to bring otherwise obscure issues to the surface. Discussion papers open up legal wording to the light of analysis and debate.
They allow us all to join the conversation.
The Discussion Papers which follow contain the opinions, thoughts and comments of constitutional and criminal lawyer Shawn Buckley. They are the foundations that sparked a recent national movement which has guided Canadians’ thinking about government control in our lives, independence, individual freedom and the most significant principle of our democracy, the Rule of Law.
DISCUSSION PAPER ON BILL C-51:
An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act
On April 8, 2008, the Minister of Health introduced Bill C-51 into the House of Commons.
Bill C-51 changes the legal landscape for the natural health product industry. For the first time, manufacturers, retailers, distributors and natural health practitioners face personal bankruptcy if they cross Health Canada. Directors and officers of corporations are not protected as the the Bill makes them personally for any breach of the Act and Regulations by the corporation.
Bill C-51 provides Health Canada with unprecedented powers such as the power to seize and detain product, equipment and property for any reason and for any length of time and can destroy seized property without Court supervision.
This discussion paper analyses the intent of proposed changes to the Food and Drugs Act with regard to their effect on Natural Health Products.
DISCUSSION PAPERS ON BILLS C-52, C-6 AND C-36:
all versions of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
Three attempts to pass the original sister Bill to C-51, extending Heath Canada’s unsupervised powers to Consumer Products. The discussion papers raise issues of Canadians’ Charter rights and freedoms and explain the Rule of Law.
DISCUSSION PAPER ON BILL C-17:
An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, a partial return of Bill C-51
Although apparently designed to reign in Big Pharma, C-17 contains some significant potential problems which could affect the natural health industry in the future if not amended. Whether or not these consequences for NHPs are intended is unknown, however the Bill also contains significant constitutional issues for the conventional medical industry, such as the lack of safeguards for confidential information and the removal of court supervision for Health Canada’s actions.
INTERACTIVE INTERPRETATION OF THE CHARTER OF HEALTH FREEDOM:
Legislation written to solve the regulatory crisis
Shawn Buckley, the NHPPA and other active, expert stakeholders collaborated on legislation which would create a new ministry for the Natural Health Community.