PRINCIPLES In this third 2:08 minute video of a 21-part series, Shawn Buckley explains Section 3 of the Charter of Health Freedom, “Recognition and Declaration of Principles.” This section identifies the principles that should be guiding any regulatory decisions regarding health freedom. Specifically, that the average person is competent enough to make their own health decisions, and that each individual is the best judge of whether or not a treatment is working for them. The Charter of Health Freedom makes it clear that all methods of treatment should remain available and accessible to Canadians. Health Canada insists that the average person is not to be trusted to make their own health decisions, and therefore requires federal intervention to generate approved treatment options. Regulation, as it stands, removes access to unapproved treatments, even if they are saving lives.
As the author of this standalone Act, Shawn Buckley makes clear the key features of each section. He breaks down the proposed legislation into language that everyone can understand. In the fourth clip, coming soon, Shawn will discuss the Purpose of the Charter.