Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Justice Minister Wants Supreme Court Opinion on New Genetic Testing Law

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Justice Minister Wants Supreme Court Opinion on New Genetic Testing Law

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Genetic discrimination bill is law - for now

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OTTAWA - Canadians finally have the same protection against genetic discrimination as citizens in other countries -- at least for now.

The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act has received royal assent and is now the law of the land.

However, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould remains convinced the new law, the product of a private member's bill, is unconstitutional and is determined to seek the Supreme Court's advice on the matter.

The act ensures Canadians can get genetic tests to help identify health risks and can take preventive measures without fear that they'll be penalized when it comes to getting a job or life and health insurance.

It prohibits employers, insurance companies and other service providers from requiring genetic tests or demanding to see the results of past tests. …

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