Minister Victor Boudreau

Relevant Quotes:

"I find it a little hypocritical if we're saying we can't pay Canadians to collect plasma, but we can pay Americans to collect plasma." - Minister Boudreau

"If they regulate this industry and they believe this industry can operate safely in the country, then why couldn't they do it in New Brunswick?" - Minister Boudreau

Current Status, New Brunswick

BREAKING:

January 16, 2017

Maclean’s publishes an expose on “Policy laundering” behind blood brokers In Canada. Read the Maclean’s article.


Update December 21, 2016 – BREAKING –

Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up.

PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.


December 2016

ALERT: Clinic is built in Moncton will open February of 2017 close to Moncton University.

Minister Boudreau has admitted that Canadian Blood Services has asked the Health Ministers to “pause” on allowing private for profit plasma collection clinics, but has decided to allow the clinics into New Brunswick in spite of this. The reason – to create 15 jobs. Despite the evidence that for-profit systems do in fact impact voluntary systems and these reports have been provided to his office several times, Minister Boudreau says he has “seen no evidence” to compel him to protect the public blood system. Canadian Blood Services has been advising Minister Boudreau not to allow the clinics into New Brunswick since June of 2016. The European Blood Alliance, the World Health Organization, The International Federation of the Red Cross and The Krever Inquiry – which are all baked by scientific evidence and real data all oppose private for-profit systems.


November 13, 2016.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau is continuing to move ahead with allowing private blood brokers into his province. This is quite serious considering Canadian Blood Services has to have 450 new donors in New Brunswick every month due to new restrictions on women donating – please see CBC article here. That means that Minister Boudreau is approving a competitor to CBS – one that will not aid any patients in New Brunswick.

Photo by Stephen MacGillivray Photography & Video www.atwphoto.com

Photo by Stephen MacGillivray Photography & Video

We delivered the SumOfUs petition to Minister Boudreau on October 27th, 2016. Minister Boudreau graciously accepted the petition and said he would take it under consideration. BloodWatch.org was joined by community and organization leaders from across the province. Minister Boudreau has absolutely no public support for his decision.

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**All of the blood plasma collected by private blood brokers would be for sale on the international market.

We have launched our national sign campaign and have erected billboards in Moncton, NB where the clinic is being built. More to come!

*Please note that Canadian Blood Services does not pay donors in the US.

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Canadian Blood Services has confirmed that they will not purchase plasma product from Canadian Plasma Resources or their affiliates.

CPR has applied for a license to open a private paid-plasma clinic in Moncton. Documents show that Health Minister Boudreau has had meetings with CPR. Please click on this PDF, NB Helping CPR, to read the exchange between the private blood broker, the Health Minister’s office and colleagues. Minister Boudreau supports private for-profit plasma in New Brunswick. Organizations representing nurses, NB Health Coalition, labour organizations and other parties have voiced opposition.

Minister Boudreau was kind enough to meet with BloodWatch.org in late June of this year. We are hopeful he will reconsider his position.

The PC Caucus allowed BloodWatch.org to make our presentation to them. We had a meaningful discussion on the topic and we were able to clear up some misconceptions about private paid plasma. David Coon, Leader of the Green Party, and Dominic Cardy, Leader of the NDP, also met with BloodWatch.org and voiced their opposition to the clinics publicly. We are grateful to everyone in New Brunswick we were able to meet and spend time with. It was clear to us that the people of New Brunswick do not support private for-profit paid plasma clinics.

Come on New Brunswick! Join Ontario and Quebec! Safeguard the integrity of our public blood system!

BloodWatch.org will be back to New Brunswick in October to join the fight to protect our blood system.


* Veuillez noter que la Société canadienne du sang ne paie pas les donneurs aux États-Unis.

La Société Canadienne du Sang a confirmé qu’elle n’achètera aucun des produits de plasma en provenance de Canadian Plasma Resources ou d’une de ses sociétés affiliées.

CPR a déposé une demande de licence pour ouvrir à Moncton une clinique privée de prélèvement de plasma à titre lucratif. Selon plusieurs sources, Victor Boudreau, ministre de la Santé, a tenu des rencontres avec certains responsables de CPR. Vous pouvez ouvrir le fichier pdf suivant : « NB Helping CPR », pour en apprendre davantage sur les échanges entre le courtier en sang rémunéré, le bureau du ministre de la Santé, ainsi que ses collègues. Le ministre Boudreau est favorable à la question du plasma rémunéré en ce qui touche au Nouveau-Brunswick. Nombre d’organismes représentant les infirmières, la Coalition de la santé du Nouveau-Brunswick, des syndicats et autres ont exprimé leur opposition. Le ministre Boudreau a eu l’amabilité de rencontrer BloodWatch.org à la fin juin de cette année. Nous avons bon espoir qu’il révisera sa position. Le caucus du PC a aussi autorisé BloodWatch.org à présenter notre position à ce groupe. Nous avons eu une discussion constructive sur le sujet et avons pu éclaircir certaines idées fausses sur le plasma privé à titre lucratif. David Coon, chef du Parti Vert, et Dominic Cardy, chef du NPD, ont également rencontré BloodWatch.org et exprimé publiquement leur opposition à ce type de cliniques. Nous remercions tous ceux, au Nouveau-Brunswick, que nous avons pu rencontrer et qui nous ont accordé du temps. Il est devenu évident pour nous que les gens du Nouveau-Brunswick ne sont pas en faveur de cliniques privées de plasma à titre lucratif.

Allons Nouveau-Brunswick ! Joignez-vous à l’Ontario et au Québec ! Et préservez l’intégrité de notre système public de dons du sang !

BloodWatch.org sera de retour au Nouveau-Brunswick en Octobre pour participer à la lutte afin de protéger notre système de dons sanguins.

News and Media, New Brunswick

BloodWatch Strongly Condemns Federal Approval Of Private Paid-Plasma Clinics

April 24th, 2017 | BloodWatch strongly condemns federal approval of a private for-profit paid-plasma collection business in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadian Blood Services issued a stark warning in December of 2016 stating that private paid-plasma operations are harming the voluntary blood system in Saskatchewan, putting our national voluntary blood system at risk. Read the full statement. 


BREAKING: Alberta government unveils plan to ban private blood collection agencies

March 13th, 2017 | Private companies that pay individuals for providing blood or plasma will be banned from operating in Alberta, under proposed new legislation from the NDP government. Bill 3, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, was introduced Monday afternoon in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Read the full Edmonton Sun article.


BREAKING: Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit

March 13th, 2017 | The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” said Hoffman. She said Bill 3 will protect Alberta’s voluntary blood donation system by preventing […]


The Globe and Mail: Canadian Blood Services calls for funding to boost plasma donations

February 1st, 2017 | Health Minister Jane Philpott Shows Signs Of “Reconsidering” Blood Policy Decision. Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has in the past expressed cautious support for paid plasma, said in a statement Tuesday that she has asked Health Canada to “carefully assess” Dr. Sher’s concerns about the Saskatoon clinic’s effect on the voluntary blood-collection system. “CBS has, […]


Maclean’s Authors: Anne Kingston – What a blood plasma-for-profit clinic means for public heath care

January 17th, 2017 | January 14, 2017 – The federal government has quietly approved a plasma-for-profit clinic in Saskatoon, drawing fiery criticism from politicians, scientists and patients Three days before Christmas 2016, jingly seasonal music fills the air at Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) in Saskatoon, located in a non-descript building in a quiet industrial stretch. In one direction, a […]


BREAKING – Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

December 30th, 2016 | CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up. PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.


The Todd Veinotte Show – Why private blood plasma is a terrible step for the safety

December 19th, 2016 | December 18, 2016 Executive Director and CoFounder of BloodWatch.org Kat Lanteigne is on to discuss her group’s opposition towards the opening of a plasma collection clinic in New Brunswick. Listen to the Todd Veinotte Show – Episode 119, the interview on why private blood plasma is a terrible step for the safety and integrity of […]


CBC News New Brunswick: Need for blood donors rises with eligibility changes

November 14th, 2016 | Canadian Blood Services tries to expand donor base now that women can’t give blood as often. Canadian Blood Services says it must find 450 new donors a month in New Brunswick because of changes in donor eligibility rules. Starting Dec. 10, women will have to wait at least 12 weeks between blood donations. The interval […]


CBC: BloodWatch urges Victor Boudreau to oppose paid donations

October 28th, 2016 | Blood Watch is on a mission to deliver a 15,000-signature petition to country's health ministers


STOP PLASMA FOR PROFIT

September 13th, 2016 | Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video. 


SIGN THE PETITION! Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada on SumOfUs.org

August 16th, 2016 | We’re happy to announce that SumOfUs.org, the amazing online campaign platform, is profiling BloodWatch on their site. Check it out and SIGN THE PETITION: Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada. SumOfUs.org is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy. Here’s what they stand for: Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations Fair […]


FIGHTING TO KEEP OUR BLOOD SUPPLY SAFE

August 11th, 2016 | Kat Lanteigne, the co-founder of BloodWatch.org, was recently in New Brunswick raising awareness of the dangers of for-profit, paid blood and plasma donations. The provincial government has pledged its support to Canadian Plasma Resources to open a clinic in Moncton which would pay donors $25 for their blood and plasma donations. There are several issues […]


Telegraph journal: Paid blood plasma clinic for Moncton facing opposition

August 11th, 2016 | “Before our provincial government makes any decision around this, there needs to be a robust discussion and debate about the ethics of doing this. To open the door to turn parts of people into products is quite worrisome.” – David Coon. Opposition is mounting to a private company’s plans to pay people for their blood […]


New Brunswick nurses line up against private blood plasma clinic set to open in Moncton next year

August 11th, 2016 | New Brunswick’s nurses have added their voices to the opposition mounting against a private blood plasma clinic opening in Moncton. Marilyn Quinn, the president of the union representing 6,900 of the province’s registered nurses, said Tuesday she had written to Health Minister Victor Boudreau earlier this week asking him to outlaw the practice of private […]


New Brunswick Union: BLOODWATCH WANTS TO KEEP PROVINCE’S BLOOD SUPPLY SAFE

August 11th, 2016 | The New Brunswick Union will bring forward a resolution to its members at its biennial convention to help and support BloodWatch with its stated goals. Co-founder of the group, Kat Lanteigne, spoke to the board of the NBU at a recent meeting outlining the philosophy and goals of the organization. The tainted blood scandal of […]


Global News: Plans for paid-plasma donation clinic in New Brunswick raises ethical debate

August 11th, 2016 | An Ontario-based company that pays people to donate blood plasma – a practice banned in two provinces – is set to make New Brunswick its next centre of operation, fuelling an ongoing ethical debate. Canadian Plasma Resources is looking to western and Atlantic provinces, including New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, after legislation in Ontario shuttered […]


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