moved for leave to introduce Bill C-256, an act to amend the Canada Health Act (conditions for contributions)
Mr. Speaker, this is also a reintroduction of a bill that I had previously introduced in the House. It addresses a serious problem for health and emergency response workers in the country who often risk being exposed to infectious diseases while in the course of their duties.
There are absolutely no provisions to provide them with notice if it is later discovered that the victims they had attended had infectious diseases.The bill is designed to provide a simple protocol that would allow those people to be notified while still protecting the confidentiality of the people who were infected themselves and with whom they had come into contact.
I hope the government will see fit to pass this quickly for the benefit of all those who put their lives on the line to protect all Canadians.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)