Canada's killer red tape

To Prime Minister Harper, Leader of the Opposition Ignatieff and MPs:

We call on you to pledge to support Bill-C393. These proposed changes to the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime could provide life saving drugs for people suffering from AIDS, malaria, TB and other treatable illnesses. We urge you to pass this bill and catapult Canada to the forefront of health provision for the world's poor.
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In 24 hours, Parliament will decide if Canada joins the fight for affordable medicine. A bill is in the House of Commons that could provide life saving drugs for people suffering from AIDS, malaria, TB and other treatable illnesses. But some MPs, bowing to big pharma, are trying to kill the bill.

Right now, Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) doesn't work. The only company that tried to send affordable generic drugs to Africa had to wade through four years of government red tape to send enough AIDS drugs for only a few thousand people. The new bill before Parliament would end this logjam -- so that people in developing countries receive life-saving drugs.

Sign the petition and support access to medicine. Our message will be delivered in a major press conference on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, March 9 – when Bill C-393 comes up for a final vote:

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