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Dear [MP NAME],
My name is [YOUR NAME], a constituent in your riding. I recently discovered a child safety initiative, Life Jackets for Life, with the goal of making life jackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs) mandatory for children in recreational boating. A Change. org petition is currently circulating that has been signed by approximately 10 thousand people. In addition, a House of Commons Petition was presented to the House by MP Pierre Poilievre on May 13th, 2020. I fully support this initiative and request that you inquire with Transport Minister, The Hon. Omar Alghabra as to why changes to the Small Vessel Regulation have not yet occurred.
Voluntary measures and awareness campaigns, although helpful, are ineffective on their own. The law needs to instead, make life jackets and PFDs mandatory for kids, similar to bicycle helmets, seat belts and car seats. Canada is behind the United States and other Western jurisdictions which have mandatory wear laws in place consistent with World Health Organization recommendations.
For more information on this initiative, go to lifejacketsforlife.com.
Finally, I request your response on the action taken on this issue. Let’s work together to save lives and keep our children safe on Canada’s waterways.