Letters to Parliament

Dr. John LeBlanc, President, Atlantic Pediatric Society

July 25, 2013

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.

Health Canada

Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture

Postal Locator: 0906C

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

Dear Minister,

I am writing on behalf of the Atlantic Pediatric Society. As an organization, we are extremely concerned about the risks of opening paid donor plasma clinics in Canada, and urge you not to approve them. After the tainted blood scandals of the 1980s, our system has been committed to voluntary donations, and we should keep it that way.

The Atlantic Pediatric Society, a group of 117 pediatricians in Atlantic Canada and beyond, urges you to reconsider your change to the long form of the Canada Census. The replacement of a mandatory with a voluntary approach will reduce the validity of the information collected since it is well documented that volunteers are not representative of the population. This is precisely the kind of bias that any high quality census or random sample is designed to overcome.

I am writing on behalf of the Atlantic Pediatric Society regarding Bill C-31, Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act. While we agree with the need to control human smuggling, Bill C-31 goes too far in victimizing refugees and will cause undue harm to children who are the most vulnerable targets of the bill.

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