Prior to developing legislation, the Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, requested four Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) to undertake, on his behalf, consultations to gather views of Ontarians on the best and safest way to regulate TCM practitioners. The Consultation Group comprised:
Tony Wong, the then MPP for Markham (Chair) Mike Colle, the then MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence Peter Fonseca, the then MPP for Mississauga East Richard Patten, the then MPP for Ottawa Centre Specifically, the MPP Group, was asked to provide information on three topics of interest:
-The education and training that TCM and acupuncture practitioners in Ontario have acquired to support their practice;
-The practice of TCM, the performance of acupuncture by TCM practitioners, and the performance of acupuncture by regulated health practitioners and others in Ontario; and
-The use of Chinese herbal remedies within the practice of TCM in Ontario.
During the consultation, the MPP Group heard from some 100 presenters and received over 200 submissions.