Representing Mefloquine Awareness Canada, Pieter Vorster met with Gord Johns, M.P. at the final leg of his Ride The Riding tour.
On Saturday, 1 September, I had the opportunity to speak with Gord Johns, Member of Parliament representing the Courtenay-Alberni riding, at the final leg of his Ride The Riding tour at The Broken Spoke.
After listening to Mr Johns talk about his experiences on the tour, meeting with various constituents from First Nations to landed immigrants, and gaining a deeper understanding of what is important to those he is currently serving, I was hopeful that he could add a message of hope to our own cause. When given a chance to pose questions, I stepped forward and asked whether he was aware of mefloquine, the effects it has had on Canadians, and what the government could do to help.
“There are some good people, like Cathay Wagantall, working with veterans, and one of the issues that keep coming up is mefloquine. I agree that this is a problematic drug and fully support your efforts to educate the Canadian public about the dangers of using mefloquine.” Gord Johns M.P.
After hearing Mr Johns’ response, which was significantly longer than the quote above, I took the opportunity to inform the crowd that MAC is planning a rally at Parliament Hill 19-20 September, and invited Mr Johns to join us in the event that he is in Ottawa at the time.