NDP

NDP calls on Liberals to allow vote on Bill 43

April 26, 2016


For Immediate Release

April 26, 2016

Halifax, NS – At a press conference today, the NDP is calling Stephen McNeil and the Liberals to hold a vote on Bill 43 – the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, which received second reading, but no vote, last Wednesday.

The proposed legislation would ban private, for-profit pay-for-plasma clinics from opening in Nova Scotia, as has been done in Ontario and Quebec.

Kat Lanteigne, co-founder of BloodWatch.org, has been travelling the country to raise awareness of the risks of for-profit blood and plasma.

“We want the government to pass legislation banning pay-for-plasma clinics.  It is the only way to protect our blood supply from predatory profiteers,” says Lanteigne.

NDP Health Critic and MLA for Sackville-Cobequid, Dave Wilson, hosted the press conference and introduced Bill 43 in October 2014.  For a year and a half, the Liberals have not allowed a vote on this bill.  Dave spoke on this important legislation last Wednesday when the NDP used Opposition Day to force the Liberals to debate the issue.

“The Liberals refuse to allow a vote on this important legislation,” says Wilson. “Nova Scotians do not want to see corporations buying and selling blood and plasma.  Paying for plasma is a slippery slope.”

 

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