November 1, 2017

Mr. Ernie Hardeman: I’m pleased to rise today to recognize the fourth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which was created as part of my private member’s bill, the Hawkins Gignac Act, which requires homes with a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage to have working carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, with no taste, smell or colour, so a detector is the only way to know when carbon monoxide is in your home.

I want to commend John Gignac, founder of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation and uncle of Laurie Hawkins, whose family the bill is named after. John has been vital in increasing awareness of carbon monoxide across Canada. The Insurance Bureau of Canada also played a significant role in raising awareness through their work with John and through their generous donation of detectors for fire departments across Ontario.

I often hear from fire departments and families about how important this legislation is and how many lives have been saved as a result. Just recently, the Ottawa Fire Services told me about two families, including a family of six, who were saved this fall thanks to carbon monoxide detectors.

I’d like to applaud the hard work of all our fire services, who continue working hard to get this important message out to their communities, like the Brampton fire department, who will be setting up displays at local hardware stores to raise awareness. When we raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of working alarms, lives are saved. Please check your alarms, and ensure that vents and chimneys are clear and that fuel-burning appliances are serviced.

Thank you very much for allowing me to make this important statement.