MP Tom Kmiec denounces Liberal government for voting down Canadian Organ Donor Registry Act
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Ottawa, June 15, 2016 – Today, Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament for Calgary Shepard, denounced the Liberal government for voting down private member’s bill C-223, An Act to establish the Canadian Organ Donor Registry and to coordinate as well as promote organ and tissue donation throughout Canada. The move will prevent the bill from being put forth to the Standing Committee on Health to be further studied and hear from witnesses.
The private member’s bill by Ziad Aboultaif, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Manning, details a national strategy on organ and tissue donation that would improve coordination of the actions being done in the different provinces, and lays out nine further points for a national strategy that would go after the structural issues and bottlenecks in the system.
“Given that my two oldest kids, Maximilian and Jolie, were both born with a condition called Alport syndrome; a rare, degenerative and chronic kidney disease, this issue hits close to home. I will never stop advocating for public policy improvements that make the lives of organ recipients and donors better.” said Mr. Kmiec in a statement. Mr. Kmiec added: "I want to thank the small contingent of Liberal members who voted for this Bill as well as the New Democrats."
Canada’s organ donation rate is among the world’s worst. More than 90% of Canadians support organ and tissue donation in theory, but less than 25% have made plans to donate. While some provinces have a large percentage of citizens having indicated they wish to be organ and tissue donors, others have very few, far below the national average.
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