Opposition parties warn new natural health product regulations could drive up costs – CBC

Health Canada says national campaigns against regulations are sowing ‘misinformation, disinformation’

Aug 31, 2023

Opposition parties want to hold parliamentary committee hearings to probe Health Canada’s new natural health product regulations when the House of Commons gets back to work after its summer break, CBC News has learned.

The Conservative and NDP health critics both say their offices were swamped over the summer with messages from constituents worried the regulatory changes could lead to increased prices and fewer choices for consumers.

They say they want to summon Health Canada officials before the standing committee on health, which meets next when the House resumes on Sept. 18.

In a minority Parliament, opposition parties can control committee agendas.

Conservative MP Stephen Ellis, a medical doctor and the party’s health critic, said he’s received more emails from constituents on the new natural health product regulations than on any other issue, including the Liberal government’s controversial firearms legislation, Bill C-21.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/opposition-parties-natural-health-product-regulations-1.6952289

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