Stop Bill C-51

Do you like your greens and vitamins?  

The Canadian government, afraid of the public reaction once people find out what they are trying to pull, is currently fast-tracking a Bill which threatens to strip you of your rights to access a wide range of natural health products.  If it passes, and you buy/sell/share/collect/dry/eat/feed to your family any of the restricted stuff, you become a criminal subject to fines 1000X bigger than those currently in effect.

Please take action to protect your current right to use the foods, herbs, supplements, and therapies:

1. visit: http://www.stopc51.com  and read Bill C-51 and/or the analysis
          to form your own opinion about whether this law is good for you
          or for your country

2. sign this petition and pass the word to your friends, family, anyone
           who cares.  It is important to put your name.  If you leave it blank,
           it won't count in the end.

3. write paper letters, phone, email your MP

4. http://www.stopc51.com/c51/what_you_can_do.asp

The  government is putting out misleading information that this Bill
is OK, that it has none of the nasties that the opponents are claiming.
Let's take it as a sign that the pressure of opposition is having an effect,
and rather than backing down, let's keep the pressure steady.

(NaturalNews) A new law being pushed in Canada by Big Pharma seeks to outlaw up to 60 percent of natural health products currently sold in Canada, even while criminalizing parents who give herbs or supplements to their children. The law, known as C-51, was introduced by the Canadian Minister of Health on April 8th, 2008, and it proposes sweeping changes to Canada's Food and Drugs Act that could have devastating consequences on the health products industry.

Among the changes proposed by the bill are radical alterations to key terminology, including replacing the word "drug" with "therapeutic product" throughout the Act, thereby giving the Canadian government broad-reaching powers to regulate the sale of all herbs, vitamins, supplements and other items. With this single language change, anything that is "therapeutic" automatically falls under the Food and Drug Act. This would include bottled water, blueberries, dandelion greens and essentially all plant-derived substances.

The Act also changes the definition of the word "sell" to include anyone who gives such therapeutic products to someone else. So a mother giving an herb to her child, under the proposed new language, could be arrested for engaging in the sale of unregulated, unapproved "therapeutic substances." Learn about more of these freedom-squashing changes to the law at the Stop51.com website:http://www.stopc51.com
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New enforcement powers allow Canadian government to seize your home or business

At the same time that C-51 is outlawing herbs, supplements and vitamins, it would grant alarming new "enforcement" powers to the (thugs) enforcement agents who claim to be "protecting" the public from dangerous unapproved "therapeutic agents" like, say, dandelion greens. As explained on the www.Educate-Yourself.org website ((http://educate-yourself.org/cn/canadian...), the C-51 law would allow the Canadian government's thugs enforcement agents to:

* Raid your home or business without a warrant
* Seize your bank accounts
* Levy fines up to $5 million and a jail terms up to 2 years for merely selling an herb
* Confiscate your property, then charge you storage fees for the expense involved in storing all the products they stole from you

C-51 would even criminalize the simple drying of herbs in your kitchen to be used in an herbal product, by the way. That would now be categorized as a "controlled activity," and anyone caught engaging in such "controlled activities" would be arrested, fined and potentially jailed. Other "controlled activities" include labeling bottles, harvesting plants on a farm, collecting herbs from your back yard, or even testing herbal products on yourself! (Yes, virtually every activity involving herbs or supplements would be criminalized...)

There's more, too. C-51 is the Canadian government's "final solution" for the health products industry. It's a desperate effort to destroy this industry that's threatening the profits and viability of conventional medicine. Natural medicine works so well -- and is becoming so widely used -- that both the Canadian and American governments have decided to "nuke" the industries by passing new laws that effectively criminalize anyone selling such products. They simply cannot tolerate allowing consumers to have continued access to natural products. To do so will ultimately spell the destruction of Big Pharma and the outdated, corrupt and criminally-operated pharmaceutical industry that these criminally-operated governments are trying to protect.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

We the undersigned wish to express our opposition to Bill C-51 and ask that you abandon this unacceptable law immediately.

We call on you, as head of our democratically elected minority government to respect our rights and freedoms to use natural health products to maintain and protect our health.

While we accept the role of the pharmaceutical industry in providing the substances they do, we reject any preferential treatment of this industry, or any anticompetitive or restrictive of the natural health products industry.

We reject the merging together of "drugs" and natural health products into a new "therapeutic product" category subject to the same degree of regulatory oversight.  This is completely inappropriate, and is not in our best interest.

We reject the proposed increasing of the size of government through its expansion into regulating all herbs, vitamins, supplements, bottled water,  blueberries, dandelion greens.  Your stated commitment is to smaller government and expanded freedom.  Please constrain yourself to this commitment.

We specifically reject the backdoor provisions of this bill which would allow future changes to Canadian law to circumvent a vote in parliament.  We don't accept that US law, CODEX Alimentarius, UN documents, or other foreign laws could be injected into Canadian law, like a virus, by regulatory reference.

We are prepared to accept this as a momentary lapse in judgement which can easily be corrected by abandoning this bill and issuing an apology to the Canadian people (but hey, we'll settle for the Bill-Kill).

We are proud, free, responsible people who have taken care of our health through our own personal choices, partly by using natural products with a long history of effectiveness and insist that your government protect and enhance these rights and freedoms.
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