Thursday, February 16, 2012

Suicide Prevention Bill - Overwhelmingly passes in Canadian parliament

Bill C300 passes in the House of Commons

OTTAWA, ON (February 15th, 2012) — Today the House of Commons passed Bill C300, an Act respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention, at Second Reading, by a vote of 285 in favour, and 3 opposed.A bill that was brought forward by Harold Albrecht (MP) Kitchener-Conestoga.

Link to the Your Life Counts media release.

Many good people and organizations over many years have worked tirelessly across Canada towards establishing a national framework for suicide prevention. The approval of Bill c300 in Parliament is a victory for all who have worked to this end. Let us not forget the immense human cost and suffering that continues each and every second as families devasted by their loss of a loved one seek to find hope and meaning for their future. May they find hope and know that they are not alone and that this victory is also theirs – as hollow as the victory may seem for them, let this new and exciting step forward be a good thing that has come out of the pain and the suffering.

YLC Founder Rory Butler is very grateful to Harold Albrecht MP for his tenacity and perseverance to see Bill c300 passed and followed through to law. We must also be thankful for Megan Leslie MP – for her steadfast support and also Bob Rae MP among others.

This has been a major, non partisan effort and the task is far from over. For Rory Butler this is a huge encouragement in the work of YLC. Rory has been working tirelessly on the frontline towards Bill C300 and much more for well over a decade.