Medical Freedom Act

An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act

Sponsor

Dean Allison  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Second reading (House), as of June 20, 2022

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Medical Freedom ActRoutine Proceedings

June 15th, 2022 / 5:20 p.m.
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Conservative

Dean Allison Conservative Niagara West, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-285, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to introduce my bill, a bill that I believe is crucial at this point in time. I would like to thank my esteemed colleague, the member for Peace River—Westlock, for seconding the bill.

As a Canadian, I am a firm believer in freedom. I believe in the freedom of Canadians to make their own medical choices. That is why, today, I am introducing the medical freedom bill. The bill would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to add conscientious belief and medical history to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. The bill seeks to protect travellers from being banned because of their medical status. It would protect employees from reprisals by their employers because of a medical choice. The bill would also safeguard employees' EI benefits in the event that they are let go because of a medical decision they made for themselves.

Finally, I truly believe this bill to be the start of more legislation and action that would seek to fortify our freedoms and enshrine them to never again be cast aside as they have been in the past year.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)