Ombudsperson Marie Rinfret sent a letter to the Minister of Justice, Madam Sonia Lebel, as well as to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Madam Danielle McCann. In it she commented on Bill 31 – Act to amend mainly the Pharmacy Act for the purpose of facilitating access to certain services and to authorize the communication of personal information concerning certain missing or deceased Aboriginal children to their families.
Ms. Rinfret noted that the government adopted certain amendments very quickly during the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill. Their purpose was to give Aboriginal families information about the children who had been taken from them. The Ombudsperson applauded this will to act without delay. However, she was critical that there had been no special consultations or public hearings about the amendments. The First Nations and Inuit could not voice their opinion about the provisions that concern them, nor could their representatives or other bodies such as the Québec Ombudsman.
Since the Bill was about to be adopted, Ms. Rinfret sent six recommendations directly to the ministers responsible.