June 7, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Steve Butland

New Democratic Party

Mr. Steve Butland (Sault Ste. Marie):

Madam Speaker, the issue of organ donation is obviously one of life and death. We should all do what we can to make people aware of the urgency of considering signing an organ donor card and of discussing this most sensitive issue with their family.
As Dr. Calvin Stiller from University Hospital in London, Ontario has said:
For an individual dying because a donor is not available, it is the cruelest of lotteries; the sicker you get, the closer to the front of the waiting list you get, but also the likelier you are to die before the door of a transplant opens for you.
There are over 4,000 transplants performed each year in Canada. The success rate is 80 per cent for kidney and
heart transplants, 70 per cent for liver transplants and 90 per cent for corneal transplants.
These operations are no longer experimental but there must be guidelines in place. I encourage the federal government to respond to the eight recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission of Canada, one of which proposes a criminal code for the sale of human organs.
I encourage all MPs to join the member for Crowfoot and the member for London East in support of this important initiative.

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