Keep our Blood System Public!

On July 14, 2020, Friends of Medicare hosted an online discussion about the importance of keeping our blood collection system voluntary and public with Kat Lanteigne and Dr. Michèle Brill-Edwards.

View the webinar recording and ways to help keep our blood system public below!

On July 8, UCP MLA Tany Yao tabled Bill 204: Voluntary Blood Donations Repeal Act. With this bill, MLA Yao intends to repeal Bill 3: Voluntary Blood Donations Act, which was put into place in Alberta to protect and enshrine blood and plasma as public resources under law, and to prohibit them from being treated as a market-based commodity. In the midst of an ongoing pandemic, Alberta could begin allowing for-profit brokers, introducing unnecessary competition to voluntary donations and threatening Canada's blood and plasma supply. The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members' Public Bills, where on July 20th, they voted for the bill to proceed to the legislature for debate.

 ► Read Friends of Medicare's written submission to the Standing Committee

Our work is far from over—We need your help to defeat Bill 204 and keep our blood system voluntary and public!

 Stand up for our public blood system!

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  • To learn more about the ongoing work that Kat Lanteigne and are doing to protect Canada’s public blood system, click here.
  • To learn more about what Dr. Michèle Brill-Edwards and her fellow Canadian Health Coalition members do to defend and strengthen our public health care, click here.
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