I am proudly not a lawyer. I would say that I think the ideal situation would be to have a framework in which the federal government and the various provinces would work together on allowing this system to happen.
We have similar examples with mandatory reporting of gunshot wounds, which is the law in nine provinces, I believe, and one territory. That relieves physicians of their responsibility to protect confidentiality and, as I understand it, relieves us of the risk of civil liability.
I'm saying that as a non-lawyer. I believe it is possible to do it. In the case of gunshot wound reporting, it occurred organically. It started in Ontario and was such a good idea that it was widely accepted and spread across the country.
I believe the federal government could easily set up a template and work with the provinces and territories. This would allow for appropriate legislation in the various provinces and territories. That would remove the requirement for the colleges of physicians and surgeons—the regulator—to make that decision themselves, as legislation overrules the rules of the colleges of physicians and surgeons. I think it needs to occur together.