Human Rights – October 2, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Human Rights – October 2, 2014

Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien and his colleagues Carman Baggaley and Patricia Kosseim testify as part of the committee’s hearings on a private member’s bill (S-201) to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination. One of their office’s policy priorities is the protection of genetic information. The purpose of Senate Opposition Leader James Cowan’s bill is to enable Canadians to have genetic testing without fear they will be vulnerable to genetic discrimination by insurance companies and others.
Senators hear from two medical researchers during the second panel. Dr. Ronald Cohn and Yvonne Bombard share case studies of families and patients who have experienced generic discrimination. (October 2, 2014)