Mr. Guy Saint-Julien (Abitibi):
Madam Speaker, contrary to the allegations made by Jean-Luc Mongrain during the Operation Enfants-Soleil telethon on TVA yesterday that the federal government has done nothing for AIDS victims, we have played a leading role in the fight against AIDS. Our goal is to prevent transmission of the HIV virus and provide the necessary support for
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people who are HIV-positive, their families and care givers.
In 1986 we launched a five-year, $39 million initiative to fight AIDS. In 1988 we invested an additional $129 million, also spread over five years. In 1989 we paid out $120,000 in compensation to every person who contracted the AIDS virus through blood transfusions. In 1991 the Federal Centre for AIDS designed a quick and inexpensive way to detect HIV in babies of infected mothers. This test will improve the chances of survival of newborn infants.
May Jean-Luc Mongrain be forgiven for what he said.
Subtopic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31