Friday, August 15, 2008

Tony Clement an 'embarrassment' at world AIDS conference

Please don't take my word for it. Read about it here.

Richard Elliott, the executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, told Xtra recently that Conservative health minister Tony Clement's public condemnation of a safe injection site in Vancouver at the recent Mexico City AIDS conference was a major blow to Canada's prestige.

"It's an embarrassment for Canada...It's become very clear that we have a health minister, and presumably a government behind him, who are denialists. It's similar to the condemnation the South African government received for denying that HIV causes AIDS.

"I didn't have the sense that there was anyone else from other countries, medical or government representatives, speaking out against harm reduction. The current Canadian government is out of step with any rational response and out of step with the rest of the world."

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