Committee of the Whole on Bill C-39: Senator Bellemare questions Ministers Lametti and Duclos

By: The Hon. Diane Bellemare

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Senator Bellemare: Regarding the extension you’re asking for in Bill C-39, what will your government do in the meantime to relieve the suffering of people with mental illness? For example, will you grant more section 56 exemptions and provide meaningful access to MDMA- and psilocybin-assisted therapy?

Mr. Lametti: Thank you for the question. My heart goes out to those who are suffering and who were looking forward to March 17, 2023. I want them to know that I sincerely sympathize with what they are going through. Honestly, we have no temporary measures in mind. This is just for one year. I know that some people will continue to suffer for that year, and again, I’m concerned about that, but I believe we need certainty that the law truly can be implemented in a year. In the meantime, we have to focus on implementing the law.

Senator Bellemare: That’s all, thank you.

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