Bills intent is ability to recall products with safety risk

Peter MacKay
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It is safe to say that spring has finally arrived in Central Nova. When I was home over the weekend, it was clear to see that warmer weather is just around the corner - from the budding gardens to the children playing.
While home, I had the chance to chat with a few people about the current session of Parliament. Something that was on a number of minds was Bill C-51 and how it relates to Natural Health Products (NHP).
Bill C-51, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, is part of our government's strategy to ensure that the food and products that are available throughout Canada are safe for consumers. The purpose of this legislation is to target those few who would break the law, and by doing so, level the playing field for law-abiding Canadian businesses.
Natural health products are already a separate category in the regulations of the Food and Drugs Act. They are not regulated as drugs, and Bill C-51 won't change that. Nor will it remove natural health products from the market. One person asked me if the blueberry supplements she takes will be illegal under this bill. They won't because these products are already tested. This bill will leave unchanged the the full range of evidence used to assess natural health products, from traditional use to full clinical trials.
This bill will give the government the ability to recall products where there are clear health and safety concerns. You shouldn't have to worry about the safety of the products you buy or the food you eat.
Your government is taking care of the things that matter to you.
Things like making sure infrastructure is maintained for the fishery. That's why we made sure the Queensport Small Craft Harbour is functioning properly for Guysborough County with new upgrades that received $475,000 in federal funding.
There are also organizations that bring positive change by providing services to our communities. The federal government awarded $357,952 to the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre for its project in conjunction with the Pictou County Women's Centre: Violence Against Women and Girls: A Rural Response. This project will do a great deal to make Central Nova safer.
In Pictou County, the federal government is pleased to be supporting the Lansdowne Outdoor Recreational Development Association with $21,220. We should all be proud of this facility, the first of its kind in North America.
I look forward to many more sunny weekends at home this summer, especially the weekend of June 14 for the Johnny Miles marathon. I hope to see many of you out for this great event.

Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova, Minister of Defence and Minister responsible for ACOA

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