Here is a link to a video of a two hour standing committee meeting on Oct 2, 2018, where Minister Carla Qualtrough answered questions regarding Bill C81, the Accessible Canada Act.
The people asking questions are MP’s assigned to that committee from all political parties.
Many people in Canada, and elsewhere, are asking:
- What is in this Bill?
- What does it mean to people with disabilities in Canada?
- What does it mean to people who use Guide and Service Dogs?
It is important to get either an understanding of this Bill, as it will impact everything we do going forward. For example, our latest submission to the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) proposed accessibility regulations was written through a disability lens based in Human Rights.
Some have said the CTA proposed regulations are a mixture of the charity/medical model and of the social model of disability, so some parts are very good and other parts are very regressive.
If Coalition members and supporters could find time to listen to this very good explanation of Bill C81 and give feedback regarding your thoughts and questions, it would be much appreciated. Information is power and as we know better we will do better. All of our voices are important and supporting each other to learn and grow our understandings of the processes now in play will benefit us all greatly.
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