We received the following correspondence this morning from MPP Randy Hillier, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington:
We’ve put up a valiant fight to keep vaporizers available and accessible to those who have found them to be an effective tool to kick their smoking addiction.
Yesterday I received the proposed Government amendments to Bill 45. Although I was hopeful this would include greater availability and accessibility for those who sell or use vaporizers, I was very disappointed when no such amendments from the Government were included.
Next week I will present the PC amendments and argue them strenuously and forcefully on Monday in Committee. However, it is important to remember the Liberals have a majority and it is rare for an opposition amendment to be passed in a majority Liberal Government.
Over the course of the public consultations, we were presented with overwhelming scientific evidence, sound arguments and compelling personal testimonials from professionals, academics and lay people. What astonishes me is it appears to have had absolutely no impact or effect on the Liberal members. It is truly a sorry indictment of how dysfunctional our democracy in Ontario has become.
However, all is not lost. We can still make a difference at the Third Reading and regulatory stages of Bill 45. I strongly encourage you, your friends and your families to email the following Minister with your expectations and requests. In addition, please use your social media accounts and let people know what you think.
We encourage everyone to do as he suggests and contact the individuals listed. However, please use the following rules for engagement or your input will most certainly have no value:
- Do not be rude
- Do not be angry
- Do not be aggressive
- State your case in a respectful manner