Thank you very much, Madame Trudel, and a big shout-out to Sheri Benson for helping us in a lot of her work.
When we viewed it, there were many different ways to take it. This definition is actually quite soft. In other words, it doesn't put out a lot of details. That's left for regulations and standards. Our position is quite clear, as I stated to the other member, that if the definition is not there, if it is not included in the act, then we'll not be able to address the issue.
You already have what we thought would fit into section 122, that health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being”, but any other language that you want to come up with would be great. I guess in the regulatory world, we would also add an amendment to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, adding the three words “and mental health” to subsection 19.1(1). As well, the Canadian standards association already has a wonderful standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace. We thought that would be a great addition too.
Basically, if we do not have a definition like this in the act, it simply will not be dealt with in regulation or in any other way that we could find. If you listen to brother Woodcock on the tragedy of what has occurred, the stigma of mental health is extremely bad. It's stuck with us. I think on this issue you have to look at the support we had, and not just from politicians. The people who spoke on this included Brian Burke, who lost a son, and Sheldon Kennedy, who was a victim of abuse. We had a seven-part series that had leaders in the community, leaders across the country, and not just in politics. Gaining the support of all of those politicians and also all of those organizations says clearly that this is something that people want to see done.
If we don't have this in the act, it simply will not occur. We urge your support for somebody to bring an amendment or a similar amendment. We'll welcome anything that makes it mandatory.