Statement from Health Minister Deb Matthews and Government House Leader John Milloy on Government Plan to Fast-Track Tanning Bed Legislation
Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and John Milloy, Government House Leader, issued the following statement on the government's plan to fast-track Bill 30:
"In March, our government took action to help prevent skin cancer among young people by introducing legislation to restrict those under 18 from using tanning beds. If passed, the Skin Cancer Prevention Act will help protect Ontario's young people who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds.
The opposition blocked progress on Bill 30 last spring by needlessly extending debate on three other bills for more than 55 hours - far more than required. By running out the clock debating the Local Food Act, the Air Ambulance Amendment Act, and Co-op Housing legislation, the opposition prevented this important tanning bed legislation from moving forward.
Following our previous commitment, next Wednesday, September 11th, our government will move forward with a programming motion in order to quickly pass this life-saving bill into law by the end of September. In August, both opposition parties committed to fast-track this important bill. Since then, both parties have been consulted on our intention to fast-track this legislation to pass it by the end of September.
All-party support next Wednesday will ensure that this legislation is passed into law before more youth use tanning beds this winter, preventing the needless risk of more harm caused by skin cancer.
We have a shared responsibility to help protect our young people in their everyday lives. We urge all parties to keep their promise to pass this life-saving legislation as soon as possible."