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e-2890 (Justice)

E-petition
Initiated by Teri McGrath from Penticton, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • The Canadian Medical Protective Association, founded in 1901, was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1913, and Canada remains after 120 years, worldwide, the only country with a medical protective association;
  • The Canadian Medical Protective Association states it is a not-for-profit association and yet has $5,400,000,000 in assets that increase annually;
  • The Canadian Medical Protective Association uses taxpayer dollars ($520,000,000+) that is transferred and increases annually in a rebate program to subsidize the association;
  • The Canadian Medical Protective Association does not have public oversight, instead is governed by by-laws developed by membership and is therefore self-regulated/self-policed; and
  • The Canadian Medical Protective Association hires top tier lawyers who use scorched earth tactics to defend doctors accused of medical errors and these court cases can last from five to eight years, with only two percent of cases settled in favour of the patient/family.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Require the Attorney General of Canada to conduct a forensic examination of the Canadian Medical Protective Association program for improprieties, including misappropriation of taxpayer dollars that are being used for actions outside the realm of reasonable behaviors, ethics and conflicts of interest enabling negligence in patient care, profiteering as evident in their lavish work environment and breach of trust when denying culpability in patient related harm;
2. Defund the Canadian Medical Protective Association by eliminating the rebate program and return taxpayer dollars to taxpayer patients who experience medical errors; and
3. Repeal the Act of Parliament that incorporated the Canadian Medical Protective Association diminishing the hierarchical culture and restoring public trust.
Open for signature
October 8, 2020, at 11:23 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 5, 2021, at 11:23 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Richard Cannings
South Okanagan—West Kootenay
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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