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and is currently the Shadow Cabinet critic for Democratic Institutions.

He served from 2008 to 2015 as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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AED Statements in the House of Commons by Scott Reid

November 21, 2016

Scott Reid’s Statements in the House of Common Regarding AEDs

November 21st, 2016- Today Mr. Reid delivered a third statement in the House of Commons, highlighting the immense lifesaving potential of equipping RCMP vehicles with automated external defibrillators. The speeches, which were delivered in June 2015, February 2016, and November 2016, are available below. In the speech delivered today, Mr. Reid called upon the Honourable Minster of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, to follow through on his own Private Member’s Motion, Motion M-446. The Minister’s Motion M-446 is available at the end of this document.

 June 11th, 2015:
Statement is also available on the Parliamentary Hansard here.

Mr. Speaker, for over a decade, there has been an automated external defibrillator or AED, in the trunk of every cruiser in the Ottawa Police Service, 145 in total. In 2012, this resulted in nine successful saves of heart attack victims. In 2013, eight lives were saved. That is an average of one life saved per every 17 AEDs annually.

AEDs purchased in bulk cost less than $1,000 apiece. That means it would cost only $5 million to place an AED in every one of Canada’s 5,600 RCMP cruisers and less than $4 million to place an AED in every one of the 4,000 cruisers of the Ontario and Quebec police forces.

Now let us do some math. At one life saved per 17 AEDs, these 9,000 units could save over 500 lives each year. Since an AED lasts 10 years, we could save 5,000 lives over the next decade at a cost of $2,000 per life.

Saving lives has never, ever been cheaper, so let us make this happen

February 25th, 2016:
Statement is also available on the Parliamentary Hansard here.

 Mr. Speaker, in June last year, I pointed out to the House that over 300 lives could be saved every year if defibrillators were installed in all 5,600 RCMP cruisers at a cost of $10 million.

I calculated this as follows. For over a decade, the Ottawa Police Service has had a defibrillator in each cruiser. In each of the past two years, an average of one life has been saved for every 17 installed defibrillators. Multiply that by 5,600 RCMP cruisers, and it add up to 320 lives saved each and every year.

I am not the only person who understands this. In 2013, the present Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness presented a private member’s motion, Motion No. 446, which called for defibrillators to be installed in all RCMP cruisers. He is now the minister in charge of the RCMP. I asked him to follow through on Motion No. 446. If he does so a year from now, that will be better than nothing; but if he does so today, the lives of 320 Canadians who would otherwise be dead a year from now would be saved.

November 21st, 2016:
Statement is also available on the Parliamentary Hansard here.

In 2013, the present Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness presented a private member’s motion, Motion No. 446, which called for defibrillators to be installed in all 5600 RCMP cruisers. This would cost only $10 million.

Statistics from other police forces show that each year, one life is saved for every 17 installed defibrillators in police vehicles. So following through on Motion 446 a year ago, when the Liberals took office, could have resulted in 5,600 installed defibrillators and 320 saved lives.

But a year has gone by, and even though the very same member who introduced Motion 446 is now the minister in charge of the RCMP, nothing has happened. In consequence, 320 Canadians, who would otherwise be alive, are now dead.

Why has the minister failed to follow through? What does he say to the families of all the Canadians whose lives he could have saved, if he had followed through on his own proposal?

May 16th, 2013, Minister Goodale’s Private Member’s Motion:
Statement is also available on the Parliamentary Order Paper here.

That in the opinion of the House, the government should address the wide variation in the availability of defibrillators throughout the buildings and facilities owned, operated or regulated by the Government of Canada, and the equally wide variation in the training of appropriate personnel to use defibrillators properly, by adopting and implementing a policy of: (a) installing an appropriate number and calibre of automated external defibrillators in all such buildings and facilities; and (b) training the appropriate personnel to use such defibrillators properly, with priority being assigned to all RCMP offices and vehicles.

For further information contact:

Dennis Laurie
Office of Scott Reid, M.P.
613-947-2277

 

 

 

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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

and is currently the Shadow Cabinet critic for Democratic Institutions.

He served from 2008 to 2015 as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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