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I don't live in an igloo. I don't say, "Eh" or "Aboot" all the time. I'm all about peacekeeping, being neutral and fair trade. And I don't really get the "America Junior" joke on the Simpsons. My name is Jaime, and I am Canadian!
I'd like to think of myself as a law abiding citizen. I pay my taxes, I go out and vote in both the Municipal and Federal elections, I pay my (numerous!) parking tickets, and I don't speed when driving in a school zone. But something the government has done recently has made me a little miffed with my government. No, scrap that. I'm downright mad.
Bill C-51 has been on the government's agenda recently. Now, while it may take a while for them to either pass, enact or veto the Bill, it's still on the table none-the-less. Essentially, there are three things Bill C-51 will do:
| Bill C-51:
Bill C-51 is part of the new Consumer Product Safety Plan being proposed by the Government of Canada. The legislative package proposes amendments to the Food and Drugs Act as well as a new Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.
These bills, C-51 and C-52 are a result of increased consumer concern over products, drugs and food which have been the subject of recalls over the past few years. Canada's Hazardous Products Act have not been updated in over 40 years and the Food and Drug Act has not been updated in over 50 years.
1. Fast Tracks New Drugs To Market; Reduced Safety Measures:
- By shortening the approval process for new drugs.
- By placing the responsibility of safety on drug companies with a proven track record of downplaying the health risks and side effects.
It's been proven that an increased numbers of adverse drug reactions will lead to an increase in malpractice and personal law suits against doctors who prescribe new drugs which have not been tested properly for health and safety risks.
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2. Makes Upwards Of 70% Of Natural Health Products Illegal:
- At the current rate of licensing failure, more than 70% of natural health products will be illegal.
- Broad definitions will allow government agents to invoke enforcement on people who do as little as share a "therapeutic product" with a friend. Garlic and many other foods are therapeutic products.
This means that supplements like protein powder, creatine, nitric oxide, and vitamin C will only be available with a prescription from your family doctor. If you're caught with it, and no prescription, it means big trouble for you.
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A prescription drug is a licensed medicine that is regulated by legislation to require a prescription before it can be obtained. The term is used to distinguish it from over-the-counter drugs which can be obtained without a prescription. Different jurisdictions have different definitions of what constitutes a prescription drug.
Not one person has ever died in Canada because of a natural health product. As a reference for this, see
Marc Lobliner's newest article on "
The Truth about Supplement Safety", and the lies the media gives consumers.
3. Bill C-51 Will Allow Binding Laws To Be Created In Secret:
In Canada the law making process takes place in a public forum with our elected officials voting for or against them. They are held accountable to the public for their decisions. If Bill C-51 passes, it will allow laws to be created behind closed doors by government agents who may not have our best interests in mind.
"Bill C-51 is not about Canadian Safety: Bill C-51 is about Big Pharma." In Ontario, we have high taxes on cigarettes, liquor and lottery tickets. This is so that the government can make extra money on the things people are going to buy anyway.
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This Bill Will Allow Laws To Be Created Behind Closed Doors
By Government Agents Who May Not Have Our Best Interests In Mind.
I believe that Bill C-51 is just another way for them to squeeze blood out of the stone. They want their hand in a piece of the 'supplement pie', and are upset that they're not getting some of the action from local supplement suppliers.
Thus, if they regulate protein powder the same way they regulate Lipitor and Viagra, they'll be able to make more money off stuff we already buy. Looks like if they get their way, I'm going to have my own little black market in my bedroom.