As our Canada Day long weekend starts and Parliament closes for the summer,
Bill C-38 passes.

Bill C-38, also known as the Omnibus Bill, is the “Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act,” was said to be anchored in the 2012 Federal Budget. This bill numbered more than 400 pages and introduced, amended or repealed 70 federal acts (laws) and contained 750 sections. Many detractors were concerned that this massive bill packaged together an unreasonable number of issues into a single bill without having had the legitimate time for debate and consideration by the provinces, let alone Canada’s citizens.

A week ago NHPPA’s Shawn Buckley raised food safety concerns in his Discussion Paper on Bill C-38. There has been no reference to these concerns in the debates but on June 19 Huffington Post’s Irwin Cottler observed: “The government has yet to explain how these cuts would not prejudice the health and safety of Canadians or how food safety would be maintained…”

The Senate’s third reading started on June 27 2012. By a vote of 49-31 held at 5:30 PM today, Bill C-38 was passed. It is important for all NHPPA supporters to remember that as this bill was seemingly railroaded through, it compromised democratic process by limiting the opportunity for a dialogue about issues it addressed that may now have a serious impact.

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