WE’RE STARTING WITH REPEAL!
DELIVER YOUR LETTER AND SHAWN BUCKLEY’S DISCUSSION PAPER ON THE REPEAL OF THE NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS REGULATIONS TO YOUR MP.
CAMPAIGN OPENS JULY 1, 2019. CLOSES SEPTEMBER 30, 2019.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW?
Health Canada announced that they are implementing changes to the regulation of natural health products (NHPs), and that the change process started in the Fall of 2018. They will be harmonizing NHP regulations with the new self-care framework under the chemical drug regulations. By early 2020, the NHP Regulations as we know them now will no longer exist.
There has never been a more critical time to protect our health freedom!
You need to let your MP know that you disagree with Health Canada’s proposed changes. It’s imperative you get Shawn’s Discussion Paper and your letter into the hands of your MP at both their constituency office and their House of Commons office.
WHY THIS IS AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY?
It is the responsibility of our elected officials to represent their constituents — us, the public. In turn, it’s our responsibility as constituents to make our position on important issues known to our elected officials. They don’t read minds. However, they take mail and other communications from their constituents very seriously.
Each and every incoming piece of letter mail and e-mail is seen and read.
To have impact, let’s inundate all 338 MPs — repeatedly, from numerous sources.
The devil is in the details, and the details aren’t given.
Health Canada’s veil of secrecy is obvious. Despite over a year passing since the public consultations, Health Canada has not revealed the details of proposed changes other than timelines for when it will be phased in, by 2020. The public and the entire natural health industry have been given a deliberately vague overview.
The problem is: details matter.
WHAT DO THESE CHANGES MEAN FOR YOU?
Health Canada’s changes affect everyone. Click on the hot link below to find out how stores, practitioners, manufacturers and the public are at risk. We are at the mercy of bureaucrats who believe they can dictate how Canadians manage their health.
STEP #1: DETERMINE WHO YOUR MP IS
If you do not know the name and address of your local MP, visit the Parliament of Canada “Members of Parliament” website to find out. Simply enter your postal code in the designated search box and you will be directed to your MP, along with the details of their constituency office, phone number and email address.
The House of Commons address is the same for all (listed below).
STEP #2: PRINT THE MATERIALS
Print one copy of the MP Letter in either English or French
Then, print two copies of Shawn Buckley’s Discussion Paper
STEP #3: PERSONALIZE YOUR LETTER:
Complete the section outlining why NHP regulations matter to you. It is important to fill in this section of the MP letter in your own voice so there is a personal element to the letter. You may use the content of Shawn Buckley’s writings to help guide your comments. Share examples of your personal NHP use and reasons why this important to you, for example:
- Basic details of a health condition you choose to address with NHPs
- A time when the allopathic medical model didn’t serve you, and NHPs did
- Your experience losing access to an NHP you once loved, due to removal from the market in Canada
- Your concerns about the impact on your health of losing a product you currently take
- Has a product you came to rely upon been made less therapeutic due to a formulation change? Do you have to take a greater quantity now? How is that affecting your budget?
- Your personal belief in preventative treatments over symptom suppression
- Are you concerned for your business, or the closing of your favourite store? Has someone you know lost their livelihood?
Once complete, make a copy of this letter.
You’re sending two of the same packages to your MP.
One to their RIDING office and one to their HOUSE OF COMMONS office.
STEP #4: PREPARE YOUR MP LETTER PACKAGES
- Place one copy of your letter and one copy of the Discussion Paper in each of 2 envelopes.
- Address one envelope to your MP at the House of Commons.
No postage is required to send mail to your MP at the House of Commons provided your package adheres to Canada Post’s letter mail size requirements. Simply drop this one in a Canada Post mailbox or take to your local post office.Address label:
Your MP Name
The MP’s Riding
House of Commons
- Address the other envelope to your MP at their constituency office.
This one will require paid postage if delivered by Canada Post. If you wish to hand deliver your package, we recommend calling their office ahead of time to determine their hours for accepting deliveries. Even better, book a meeting with your MP and talk to them about your concerns, and leave the package with them to review the documents.
- Be sure to write your return address at the top left corner of both envelopes.
TURN UP THE POLITICAL PRESSURE ANOTHER TWO CRITICAL NOTCHES!
Follow steps 2-4 above, for both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health as well!
For your convenience here are their constituency office addresses!
272 St-George Street (Main Office)
1100 Crémazie East (Main Office)
WE WANT TO SEE YOU IN ACTION!
We want at least ten people in each riding deliver this package!
There are tens of thousands of you who are concerned. You can do this.
The more of us who get in contact with our MPs, the more likely it is that they will address the issue and stop the Health Canada’s reckless changes.
To personalize this campaign so that we can see our community working together. Consider taking a picture of yourself delivering the package! A picture of your MP’s front entrance! Name plate on the door! A picture of your addressed envelope going in the mail! Get creative! We would like to post your picture (whatever it is) along with your riding on our social media and build civic political muscle. Your identity does not need to be revealed but a first name and last initial would be ideal.
Email your picture(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you in advance for taking action!
SUPPORT NHPPA WITH A DONATION
If you have not already done so, please make a one-time or monthly contribution to help support NHPPA to allow us to continue with the work that we do. Although we are a not-for-profit organization, we incur expenses to organize and run campaigns. In order for us to be able to move forward with our campaign initiatives into 2019, push back against Health Canada’s proposed regulation changes, and get the Charter of Health Freedom to the House of Commons, we need funding.