Not Law Yet

Chrétien's Pledge To Africa Unfulfilled

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 04/27/2005 12:00 am EDT

An amendment to much-touted legislation unanimously passed by Parliament almost one year ago -- the final hurdle in opening the flow of affordable, life-saving medicines to developing nations ­ is waiting among the backlog of government bills. "It's just sitting there collecting dust," says Douglas Clark, senior project leader of pharmaceutical patent policy at Industry Canada. The government says a motion to pass the amendment is a high priority and could be happen as early as next week when the House returns from its break "with the cooperation of the Opposition," according to a spokesperson to House Leader Tony Valeri.

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