Genetic Discrimination: We need your help

Parkinson Society Canada is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness. The Coalition is advocating that the government of Canada develop a strategy to protect Canadians against discrimination. We need your help in bringing awareness of this issue to our elected representatives.

On October 1, 2012, Private Member’s Bill C-445 was tabled in the House of Commons. The Bill, introduced by NDP MP Libby Davies (East Vancouver), calls for an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act to add genetic characteristics as prohibited grounds of discrimination.

We are asking you, the Parkinson’s community, to write your Members of Parliament to bring this important issue to their attention so they will support the Bill when it is debated in the House of Commons. You can use this sample letter or tailor it to your personal experience.

Let us know at, if you decide to write a letter or if you obtain support from your MP.

To read the full text of the bill, see Bill C-445: An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (genetic characteristics).

For more information about genetic discrimination, see Ask the Expert – Genetic discrimination: Beware.

2 Responses to “Genetic Discrimination: We need your help”

  1. 1 Theresa Zukauskas November 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Genetic discrimination will become more of a problem as we find out more about our genetic profiles. Not only for family with Parkinson’s but those with other disorders as well. The information can be so easily used to prevent people from being hired, getting insurance and even something as simple as a drivers license. a slippery slop if eveer there was one.

  2. 2 Parkinson Society Canada November 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for posting the comment and supporting this important issue. Hope you have an opportunity to write your MP to support Bill C-445. The article tells you how you can get started.

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