Mr. Speaker, the treatment of hepatitis C victims from tainted blood still haunts the federal Government of Canada.
I will summarize the sorry events. One, the blood system infected about 10,000 Canadians with hepatitis C. Two, the federal government agreed to compensate only those with infection from transfusion between 1986 and 1990. Three, the expert in this area, Judge Horace Krever, asked that there be help given to everyone infected. Four, the federal government refused, while some provinces agreed to give compensation to every victim.
Of the $1.1 billion set aside, only about one-third has been used. There is money available for the forgotten victims.
Fairness suggests Judge Krever's recommendation be followed. When will every victim of tainted blood from hepatitis C be helped?