Oct 22, 2003 represents a very notable day for health freedom. This is the day that Canada spoke out...
Yesterday Bill C-420 (a bill to amend the Canadian Food and Drugs Act) was voted on in the House of Commons (at second reading).The bill will need to pass one more reading before becoming law.
Voting the controversial bill through were 124 Members of Parliament to the opposing side of 85.The bill was fostered and promoted by Dr. James Lunney (Nanaimo-Alberni). Dr. Lunney has worked tirelessly to move the bill through the house, even under great opposition. He has proved that one courageous man can make a difference affecting the whole world. I believe in the end Canada will be seen as a benchmark in the world of Health Freedom.
The parliamentarians carried the bill saying:
1) That dietary supplements, botanicals, herbs, and other natural health products are not drugs, but rather are foods.
2) That the Sec 3(1) and 3(2) and Schedule "A" are to be repealed. These sections prohibit claims from being made on dietary supplements and the like.
Many of the Members of the House voted across party lines to carry the bill. A historic act itself because while many nations are moving under pharma pressure to restrict the use of dietary supplements and herbs, Canada is moving in the opposite direction. The regulator in Canada (Health Canada) has resisted change and is now under extreme pressure because of multiple law suits that have been filed against it and some of its employees. These law suits challenge Health Canada's draconian actions.
Support for the bill was provided by a number of groups, the Red Umbrellas being one.http://www.redumbrellas.ca. This is a group of individual ladies that had been previously diagnosed with depression, bipolar or some other mental disorder but have overcome their disorders through the use of a dietary supplement called EMPowerplus. www.truehope.com. They have been ignored by Health Canada and by the minister of health, Anne McLellan. Health Canada has attempted to block the importation of EMPowerplus and has interfered with valuable research which was taking place at the University of Calgary with patients suffering from bipolar disorder.Many of the voting M.P.s were seen tobe wearing Red Umbrella pins at the time of the house vote.
Providing support to the bill as well were the Friends of Freedom www.friendsoffreedom.org . To date over 100,000 petition names were delivered to parliament to protest the actions of Health Canada and support the 'Foods are not Drugs' movement.
This is only the beginning of a new day in Canada. More support is needed to build a movement that the whole world will look to. Many thanks to Dr. James Lunney and others who gave their support.