Doherty’s PTSD Bill Clears Another Hurdle
Ottawa, ON – A rare showing of all-party support in the House of Commons today.
Bill C-211 – a private member’s bill brought forward by Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty calling for a national framework on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – received overwhelming support at third reading.
284 MPs voted in favour of the bill with none opposed. It now goes to the Standing Committee on Health for review. The national framework on PTSD would aid veterans, armed forces members and first responders.
“Today is a good day,” said Doherty afterwards. “It feels incredible and I’m incredibly proud of all the work the team has put into this. But the bill would not have happened if veterans, first responders and military hadn’t had the courage to come forward to break the silence and the stigma surrounding this issue.”
Moving forward he added things could move quickly considering the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs is studying suicide right now with respect to veterans and that the Public Safety Committee has already recommended a national framework on PTSD.
That being said Doherty is still open to revisions to the bill: “We recognize too that during the debate that there are some revisions that should be made. We want to strengthen the bill to make sure the terminology is clear but that it encompasses all of those in the public safety field.”