[snippity! - Mei]
Canadian Government = Broken
Essentially the only thing holding the Conservative government back from doing whatever they want is the Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
38% of vote = 100% of laws = broken system
AUGH BLAUGH AUGH I HATE YOU STEPHEN HARPER
CAN I WRITE STEPHEN HARPER HATE MAIL
SOMEONE TELL ME WHERE TO SEND IT
SO I DON’T GO AND PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE INSTEAD
You can write him a letter here: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/contact.asp … there is also an address you can write to in real life or even show up and hand-deliver it/talk to someone (Not a clue if the last one would work. At all)
When I wrote a letter to them about Katimavik, I got a generic email saying that they have read it. No response, but … idk, it’s the best I can get?
Other alternatives (all potentially less satisfying than hate-mail, admittedly):
You can write your MPs by finding them here. The NDP have been requesting that people write to them about how the budget might affect you and your family, that’s available here. It looks like the Liberals, who are also very anti-C-38 (and were involved in many of the amendments that slowed down the budget passing process), don’t have something similar, but if you are a member of the Liberal party, you can post in their community here.
/end servicey reblog.
I received an email from Avaaz today about Canada’s Access to Medical Regimes, and I’ve done a weeee bit of research on it, and am now going to provide you all some details and links and you can decide for yourselves!
Canada’s Access to Medical Regimes has a bill up to revise its contents to make it easier for Pharma companies to make generic versions of medication still under patent for use in third world countries. Since it’s inception in 2007, it has only been used by one company, which is, according to critics, the result of awful red tape imposed in the bill which is apparently quite arduous.
The bill was presented by an NDP who left her position to pursue a mayorship in Winnipeg, and when the time came to transfer ownership the Conservatives and several Liberal and Bloc Québecois tried to block it. Public response forced them to allow the ownership to change.
There are challenges that allowing companies to make generic versions could harm companies which have the patented versions, as well as perhaps not do enough to improve the situation in Africa, which requires more than medication which they can buy (as they frequently cannot afford it) and also that have bigger needs such as equipment and trained medical personnel.
This is a link to an article on the Bill (28 October 2010)
This is a link to a blog post by Keith Martin, Liberal, on why he feels that CAMR is not helpful.
And this is a link to the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network which has a plea for action, with reasons and things you can do.
Finally, this is a link to the petition for Avaaz.org, should you decide to sign the petition.