moved for leave to introduce Bill C-467, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (medical equipment).
Mr. Speaker, charities are increasingly funding the acquisition of medical equipment that community hospitals need. In my riding alone, the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation's Back the CAT campaign raised $1.6 million for a CT scanner and the Whistler Health Care Foundation raised $1.3 million for a CT scanner. The Powell River Health Care Auxiliary has similar plans.
Canadians who give to our hospitals and help their neighbours get the medical care they need should not have to pay GST on these donations. The bill would ensure that the funds raised by our hospital foundations will go even further in helping to improve Canadians' health care.
I ask my colleagues from all parties to support the bill and help gets results for our hospitals and for Canadians.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)