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Purebred Dogs Well-Represented at Quebec Bill 128 Hearings

The Canadian Kennel Club—represented by Quebec CKC members Lise Trottier and Serge Bilodeau—was pleased to present to the Quebec Parliamentary Committee during special consultations and public hearings for Bill 128, which took place from March 20-22, 2018.
 
Bill 128 was first introduced in early 2017 and proposed laws that include breed specific provisions with the capacity to both ban dogs listed as “Potentially Dangerous” province-wide and with the potential to add breeds to this list at any time—essentially threatening all dogs in Quebec. In addition, the Bill does not prevent municipalities from adopting stricter standards set out in the Act and regulations.

It was important for CKC to attend the Quebec hearings, to defend purebred dogs (both those listed in the proposed legislation and all breeds that may be at risk), and promote responsible member breeders who are bound by the CKC Code of Practice and CKC Code of Ethics. It was especially important to speak out against the breed specific legislation in favour of well-crafted dangerous dog legislation that is reasonable, enforceable and non-discriminatory—in support of responsible dog ownership.
 
The CKC presented a united front alongside many like-minded organizations and reinforced that public awareness and education, stronger enforcement of existing bylaws and stiffer penalties for irresponsible owners is more effective at protecting the public.
 
The province must now review all of the input provided during the consultations and hearings as we await a new draft of the legislation in the coming months. Please watch our website for an update as more information becomes available.
 
CKC extends sincere thanks to Ms. Lise Trottier and Mr. Serge  Bilodeau for their invaluable service to CKC and to the advancement of purebred dogs.
 
View CKC’s presentation to the Quebec Parliamentary Committee in French and English.
All presentations submitted to the Quebec Parliamentary Committee can be viewed here.
All presentation videos and transcripts can be viewed here.
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