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Fw: Senate: Save lives
Mar 16th, 2011 - 15:30:18
Once again, we come to you with an appeal to Canadian House of Commons and urge
the Senate to pass the Bill C-393 to allow Canada to sending essential medicines
to those most in need, especially in third world countries.
This is the final hurdle. Last week was good news. Members of Parliament from
all four parties voted to pass Canada’s access to medicines bill and start
sending essential medicines to those most in need. It is for this reason why we
feel this important that we raise our voices to be heard through petition.
To sign, visit: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_lives/?vl and send it to your
networks as well.
With many thanks
Commonwealth HIV and AIDS Action Group (CHAAG) Liaison Officer
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:12:13 -0400
From: avaaz (at) avaaz.org
Subject: Senate: Save lives
To: john491 (at) sympatico.ca
Dear friends across Canada,
The access to medicines bill is almost law -- if we can get the Senate to vote
on it! Last week, the House passed Bill C-393, which would get essential
medicines to those most in need. If we can press the Conservatives to hold a
vote now, we'll save lives. But if they stall in the Senate, we'll have to start
from scratch after the election. Send a message to Conservative leaders
supporting access to medicines:
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We've almost done it! Last week, Members of Parliament from all four parties
voted to pass Canada’s access to medicines bill and start sending essential
medicines to those most in need.
But now Bill C-393 must pass in the Senate before it can become law -- and
everything could turn on whether Conservative Senators will let the bill come to
a vote before a federal election is called, which could happen very soon and
would kill the bill.
Most Senators would rather not have to actually vote against the bill, because
they know how popular it is with Canadians of all political views. So, if we can
raise a national outcry to demand a vote, we're likely to win. Liberal Senators
have already pledged to get access to medicines though the Senate as quickly as
possible -- let's call on Conservative Senators to join them. Click here to send
a message to Conservative leaders in the Senate and to the Prime Minister of
The Conservative Party claims it is committed to transparent and accountable
government that reflects what Canadians want. Well, Canadians – and their
elected representatives in the House of Commons – have loudly spoken in favour
of Bill C-393 and in favour of saving lives by fixing Canada’s (broken) Access
to Medicines Regime.
The Senate – who have already studied an identical bill in detail before it was
wiped from the books when Harper prorogued Parliament in 2009 – can only respect
the will of the Canadian people by passing Bill C-393 without delay. Each hour
that passes without an access to medicines regime that works leads to more
deaths for people in developing countries suffering from treatable diseases.
Click on the link and send a message to Conservative leaders:
For the second time, access to medicines might die because of a procedural
technicality. Our outcry can finally push this life-saving legislation through
to law -- and demonstrate that democracy isn't just about elections. It's about
what happens during all the time in between.
Emma, Ricken, Laryn and the rest of the Avaaz team
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