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View Adam van Koeverden Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Witnesses, thank you very much for being with us here today.
Thank you very much for helping us with this study.
There's an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I think the awareness element of this bill goes a really long way to ensuring that firefighters and firefighters' physicians are aware of the considerable risk involved, the sacrifice that firefighters make every single day for their communities and the potential health risks of the occupation.
I think this really comes down to two things. One is safety around prevention, screening and awareness. There's also justice and recognizing the true cost of the massive sacrifices that firefighters make every single day.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of joining a celebration of life for James Finn in Milton. He was the chief of fire, a member of the fire service in Milton for about 44 years and a public servant for 47 years in Halton. He was an awesome guy. He died from pancreatic cancer, which is not a recognized presumptive cancer for firefighting in Ontario, and I chatted with his son about that.
He was reassured and heartened by the fact that we're bringing this bill forward, but also disappointed that this is not a homogenous thing across the country. He was very grateful for your work, so I would like to thank all of the firefighters who advocated for this, as well as Sherry for all of her hard work and for dedicating her private member's bill to this.
My question is for anybody who would like to answer. It is around awareness, screening and prevention. It's also about some other potential interventions that could be done. Everybody who's ever visited a fire hall knows that they are the cleanest places on the planet, at least to the naked eye. Perhaps if you took a microscope to it, as you probably do, it might be a different situation.
My father had colon cancer when he was quite young, which made me eligible for a regular colonoscopy starting at a very young age. I had my first one when I was 35, which is a lot younger than your average person who gets screened. Because of that lineage and the added risk factor, I'm eligible, and I think firefighters should be eligible for early screening as well.
Do you have any comments or suggestions on additional interventions we could have, and additional measures for prevention, screening and awareness?
Thank you, gentlemen.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Amendment G-1 has been circulated. I move that clause 3 be amended by replacing line 15 on page 2 with the following:
ing with the goal of improving access for firefighters to
Would the committee like an explanation, or are we all in agreement?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
I have an amendment for subclause 3(2). I move that Bill C-224, in clause 3, be amended by replacing line 17 on page 2 with the following:
Consultation
(2) In developing the national framework, the Minister must consult
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I move that Bill C-224, in clause 3, be amended by replacing line 18 on page 2 with the following:
with the representatives of the provincial and territorial governments
It's just adding “territorial”.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm still on clause 3, page 2. I move that Bill C-224, in clause 3, be amended by replacing line 22 on page 2 with the following:
Content
(3) The national framework may include measures to
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Lib. (ON)
I can provide a bit of clarity and some explanation.
This amendment is not meant to water down the bill at all. It provides a bit of permissive guidance to inform this framework, and it takes into account that provincial and territorial governments have not yet been consulted on this. It was therefore deemed necessary to include a bit of flexibility in the context of co-development and co-operation. It's not meant to be so terribly instructive, but a bit more collaborative.
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Lib. (ON)
There's a Health Canada official with us. Mr. Singer is on Zoom. If I could ask Mr. Singer for a bit of context, it might be helpful.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Moving on to paragraph 3(3)(a), we move that Bill C-244, in clause 3, be amended by replacing line 23 on page 2 with the following:
(a) explain and support research on the link between firefighting and certain
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Lib. (ON)
I don't terribly disagree that it's a somewhat clumsy sentence. I think it's trying to be as inclusive as possible. I think if we said “identify the needs for further training, education and guidance”, it would probably make more sense, but I don't think it needs to be amended as such in order to encapsulate the same intention.
I'm comfortable with it this way. We're fine to support the amendment as proposed, unless there's something else we can do.
Don, you had your hand up. I don't want to take up too much time.
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Lib. (ON)
The next amendment is on paragraph 3(3)(b). I move that Bill C-224, in clause 3, be amended by replacing line 28 on page 2 with the following
fighting and compile information relating to those needs;
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
If I'm not mistaken, G-7 renders BQ-3 from the Bloc Québécois irrelevant. We are proposing that clause 3 be amended by deleting lines 1 and 2 on page 3.
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Lib. (ON)
I 100% agree with the notion that screening is of the utmost importance. That was the context of my question for the witnesses today, and I fully agree. However, the fact remains that provincial and territorial governments are responsible for the delivery of health care, and that includes the provision of screening for cancers. Doing otherwise would be and has been considered an intrusion into areas of provincial and territorial jurisdiction. However, we submitted G-7 before BQ-3, so I don't completely disagree with the notion of having a conversation around it.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As I mentioned, we submitted G-7 before BQ-3 came through, so we think they achieve fairly similar things. I'm all for more inclusion around screening, and I want it on the record that the Bloc Québécois proposed something that might incur more jurisdictional considerations.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
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Lib. (ON)
I withdraw my snarky comment about the Bloc Québécois.
Voices: Oh, oh!
Mr. Adam van Koeverden: I'm sorry for trying to have fun on a Tuesday. I also withdraw the amendment. We can go to BQ-3 instead.
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