DECEMBER 10 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | CANADA –HEALTH CANADA’S NEW POWERS PUT CANADIANS AT RISK OF TRESPASS AND RAIDS – WILL BE CHALLENGED IN COURT
If you are receiving this letter it is because you have expressed to me your concerns about Bill C-36 through one of the several hundred e-mails I have received over the last month.
As you know, on December 1st the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology passed C-36. I strongly opposed the passage without hearing from adequate witnesses, so I requested a recorded vote. The Conservative majority in committee all voted to pass the Bill without amendments, and now it returns to the Senate for third reading. The Conservatives hold a similar majority in the Senate.
We have worked hard to ensure that should Bill C-36 pass, it can only do so when given proper consideration, and only after every informed voice on the matter has been heard. This has not been then case. I have also proposed many amendments, all of which were voted down by the Conservatives voting together.
Many have asked what they can do to address this situation, to which I recommend the following; continue to e-mail your Senators, voicing your concern about how this Bill is being passed. In particular, you should contact the office of those Conservative Senators who seem intent on ramming this Bill through without giving due consideration to its repercussions. They seem totally disinterested in the potential effects of this Bill.
Below you will find a list of those Senators who voted in favour of passing Bill C-36 in committee. The Senate Chamber is meant to be a chamber of independent second thought, occupied by independent minded people. Amendments in the Senate will not cause an election, and thus should happen more frequently.
We are now in debate in the Senate. I spoke on Thursday, and it will continue Monday and Tuesday. Let’s hope for the best.
Joseph A. Day LL.M., P. Eng.
The Honourable Senator Braley
The Honourable Senator Champagne
The Honourable Senator Eaton
The Honourable Senator Housakos
The Honourable Senator Martin
The Honourable Senator Ogilvie
The Honourable Senator Seidman