Giving Health Canada the power to recall faulty medicines should have been a no-brainer. Introduced in December 2013, "Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law)" is the first bill to update Canada's drug safety laws in over 50 years.
Considering how important they claimed the legislation to be, Conservatives promptly sat on it for six months, bringing it up for only one hour of reading between December and May. Finally, Conservative MP Terence Young managed to convince his Conservative caucus that these changes were desperately needed.
Last week, it was rushed through committee, with pressed timelines and minimal expert testimony. Important health organizations were still sending in recommendations after the fact, unaware that the bill had been summarily moved on to the next stage of debate.