Thank you, Mr. Chair. I also want to thank the witnesses.
My first question is for Mr. Laporte.
I have a very practical question based upon a problem from a constituent of mine who called my office in view of the fact that, in Nova Scotia, massage therapy is not regulated. The provincial government hasn't passed the laws that say you have to have the body and be a member of it and so forth. There are three recognized professional associations.
Whereas in Ontario it is regulated by the provincial government, and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario trademarked the phrases “massage therapist”, “registered massage therapist”, and “therapeutic massage”. It licensed one of the three associations in Nova Scotia—I think you see where the problem is starting to develop—and the others can't use those words. How is it that a body that is limited provincially can obtain an official mark for a profession that applies nationally? This jurisdictional issue is very problematic, it seems to me.
How does it have the right to license an official mark to organizations in different jurisdictions who have jurisdiction over this kind of thing, over what they're doing, over this profession? It isn't federal. Are there any avenues for objection to an official mark or the licensing thereof across the country? I see a real problem with having given a trademark in this way that can apply nationally.