moved for leave to introduce Bill C-398, An Act to amend the Patent Act (drugs for international humanitarian purposes).
Mr. Speaker, today, I am proud to introduce my bill entitled An Act to amend the Patent Act.
This bill will modify the provisions of the current access to medicines regime, which allows Canada to export generic versions of drugs for HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other illnesses to developing countries, and it will make the regime easier to use.
This will enable Canadian manufacturers to send potentially life-saving medicines to those who desperately need them.
This bill is an improved version of Bill C-393, which the House passed by a comfortable margin last March but which, unfortunately, died on the order paper in the Senate.
When drafting this bill, I worked closely with the Grandmothers Advocacy Network and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. I would like to thank Pat Evans and Richard Elliott for their help.
The bill has already received significant support from all parties in the House. Over the coming months I will be encouraging my fellow parliamentarians to take this opportunity to support lifesaving legislation.
Together, with hope, love and optimism, we can make a difference.
(Motions deemed adopted, read the first time and printed)