Access to medicines advocacy continues

On November 28, 2012, Bill C-398 was defeated at second reading by a mere seven votes (148 against vs. 141 in favour).

The bill enjoyed wide and strong support from MPs belonging to all parties, but the government maintained its opposition to the bill ---and in the end, several MPs who had indicated their support either failed to show up or voted against. 

Click here to see which MPs were present, and how each of them voted.

Read the facts about how Bill C-398 would have fixed Canada's Access to Medicines Regime and saved lives.


The extensive civil society coalition that amassed in support of the Fix CAMR campaign has put that work on hold. But the fight for access to medicines must continue, and we will take action on other fronts in the months ahead.

Here’s how you can help:

1. “Like” the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join our mailing list to receive updates on our work.

2. If you would like to help organize campaigns with the Global Treatment Action Group (GTAG), contact us at

3. Support Reverse the Cuts! We are part of a broader coalition calling on the federal government to reverse cuts to Canada’s international development assistance and restore funding in the 2013 Budget.

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