April 10, 2007
For Immediate Release

KLEES: Organ Donation Bill May Become Law

(Queens' Park) Private Member's Bills rarely make their way through the legislative maze, but Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees' Organ Donation Bill may be defying those odds.

As the result of an all-party agreement, Klees' Bill 67, An Act to amend various Acts to require a declaration with respect to the donation of organs and tissue on death, has been scheduled for Public Hearings for Thursday April 19th at Queen's Park and subsequently for clause-by-clause consideration on April 26th, 2007.

'This is welcome news, not for me, but for thousands of Ontarians who are affected by the lack of availability of donor organs in this province,' said Klees. 'One person dies every three days waiting for an organ transplant in this province. That's unconscionable and doesn't have to be. I am convinced that the implementation of this Bill will significantly increase the availability of organs and save lives,' said Klees.

Klees' Bill would make it mandatory for anyone in the province 16 years of age or older who applies for, or renews, a driver's license or health card, to answer an organ donation question. The proposed question would allow for a 'YES,' 'NO,' or 'Undecided' response, but key, according to Klees, is that everyone, on a regular basis, would have to give serious consideration to the issue of organ donation. 'Most people when asked if they support organ donation say ‘Yes,' but few ever sign a donor card,' said Klees. 'This simple administrative measure will ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to take that step and become a donor.'

Those members of the public who are interested in making an oral presentation on Bill 67 should contact the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Written submissions on Bill 67 should be submitted to the Clerk of the Committee by Thursday, April 19th, 2007: Tonia Grannum, Committee Clerk, 416-325-3519, tonia_grannum@ontla.ola.org.

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