Bill C-569, if passed, would commit the federal government to developing a national strategy for the treatment and prevention of FASD

NDP Member of Parliament John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy River) introduced Bill C-569 (An Act respecting the establishment of a National Strategy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) to the House of Commons on September 30, 2010.

Rafferty introduced his first private member’s bill in June 2010. Bill C-532 (An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act) would ensure that alcohol packaging contains a warning to the consumer along the lines of “The Public Health Agency of Canada advises that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy and that consuming alcohol during pregnancy may cause brain damage in the developing child.”

While both of these Bills have been tabled in the House of Commons, the legislation is unlikely to come up for debate prior to the next election.

Read more:

Rafferty pushing for FASD strategy (Press Release, Fort Frances Times, October 1, 2010)

Rafferty Introduces Bill to Assist Fight Against FASD (June 10, 2010)