Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate you in your role as honorary co-chair for the national Sandrine's Gift of Life organ donation awareness campaign. Among the groups represented at the meeting you held today, were police services, funeral services, media, health services and fire chiefs.
Sandrine's Gift of Life is an awareness campaign launched by a family who donated a young girl's organs a year ago after a tragic school bus accident.
Canada has one of the lowest donor rates in the industrialized world. More than 3,500 Canadians are waiting for transplants and 150 people will die on that waiting list. These facts tell why co-operation in these organizations is so critical.
The campaign message “Talk to your family about organ donation. Someone's life depends on it” emphasizes the key role of communication, as almost half of families refuse consent for donation, often not aware of their loved one's wishes.
I also want to thank those MPs who have helped to spread awareness of this campaign to their constituents.