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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 7:48 pm 
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Subject: NDP Media Release -- CAMPBELL GOVERNMENT MUST PASS ANAPHYLAXIS BILL BEFORE SESSION'S END
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MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2007

CAMPBELL GOVERNMENT MUST PASS

ANAPHYLAXIS BILL BEFORE SESSION'S END -- CUBBERLEY

VICTORIA-The Campbell government must pass legislation protecting B.C. students against life-threatening allergic reactions before the end of the spring session of the Legislature, New Democrat MLA David Cubberley said today.

"The overwhelming public response to this Bill has reinforced what we've been hearing all along from B.C. students and their families -- that the current voluntary approach to protecting students against anaphylaxis reactions is inadequate," said Cubberley, NDP MLA for Saanich-South.

"It's time for the B.C. Liberals to put student safety ahead of partisan politics, and commit to enacting the Opposition's Private Members' Bill before the end of the spring sitting."

Cubberley's comments came as parents, advocates and community groups demonstrated their support Bill M-210, the Anaphylactic Student Protection Act, on the front steps of the Legislature. They want to see Cubberley's Bill passed into law by the B.C. Liberal government, so that the 13,000 B.C. children affected by life-threatening allergies will be protected while at school.

Today's event was also attended by Sara Shannon, an Ontario mother whose activism following the death of her daughter, Sabrina Shannon, resulted in the passage of "Sabrina's Law" to protect anaphylactic students in the province of Ontario. Shannon flew to Victoria to meet with Cubberley and show her support for the Bill.

Cubberley encouraged Education Minister Shirley Bond to adopt the Bill, which is currently before the House, to ensure that B.C. schools will have action plans in place when students return to school in September.

"We've presented this Bill to the House. It's ready to go. All the Minister has to do is signal that her government will support it," said Cubberley. "This Bill is a win-win for everyone involved. Let's act quickly to ensure that students get the protection they deserve. Let's pass Bill M-210."

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Media contact: Cara McGregor (250) 360-7561



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