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Annapolis Valley Register - - X NEWS - Colin Fraser is the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for West Nova and sits on the Veter­ans Af­fairs and Jus­tice & Hu­man Rights com­mit­tees. Con­tact him at 1-866-280-5302 or Colin.fraser@parl.gc.ca

Cowan. It seeks to pre­vent in­di­vid­u­als from hav­ing to dis­close ge­netic test results to em­ploy­ers, in­surance com­pa­nies, etc. Canada is the only ma­jor coun­try with­out some kind of sim­i­lar pro­tec­tion. As a mem­ber of the Jus­tice Com­mit­tee, I heard how peo­ple are not get­ting ge­netic test­ing that would help them make proper health de­ci­sions for fear they would have to dis­close the results and be de­clined in­surance cov­er­age. I am sup­port­ing this im­por­tant bill, and while the gov­ern­ment has con­cerns re­lat­ing to its con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity be­cause it could en­croach on pro­vin­cial ju­ris­dic­tion, I am sat­is­fied with the tes­ti­mony I heard from con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts at the Jus­tice Com­mit­tee, that it is a valid use of fed­eral power and that it would very likely pass such a le­gal chal­lenge.

I am look­ing for­ward to Bud­get 2017 which Fi­nance Minister Bill Morneau will be pre­sent­ing to the House some­time over the next few weeks. I am con­fi­dent it will build on the ex­cel­lent start in last year’s bud­get. I have strongly com­mu­ni­cated West Nova’s pri­or­i­ties which are al­ready be­ing re­flected in pol­icy through the At­lantic Growth Strat­egy, and which I am con­fi­dent will be fur­thered by Bud­get 2017.

Please con­tact me any time to let me know your thoughts or if I may be of as­sis­tance to you.

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