moved for leave to introduce Bill C-459, An Act to amend the Canada Health Act (Autism Spectrum Disorder).
Mr. Speaker, one out of every 166 persons in the country has an autistic child. The purpose of this enactment is to ensure that the costs of applied behavioural analysis, ABA, or intensive behavioural intervention, IBI, for autistic persons is covered under the health care insurance plan of every province and territory.
It is a sin that children who have autism are not covered under our health care act. It is time for that to change. The bill would do exactly that.
I would encourage all members of Parliament to rapidly move this to third reading, pass it through the Senate and have it done by this evening.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)