Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall's effort to change the province's approach to organ donations is getting a ringing endorsement from an organization making the same push in neighbouring Manitoba.
Wall is exploring the idea of presumed consent.
"We couldn't be more thrilled," said Bryan Dyck, with Manitobans for Presumed Consent.
Dyck said he is driven to make this change in his province to increase donations because he sees so many people suffering as they wait for an organ.
"One of our group members has been waiting 16 years for a transplant," he said.
'Brad Wall is being a real true leader here.' - Bryan Dyck, Manitobans for Presumed Consent
Currently, a person has to opt in to being an organ donor in Saskatchewan. The change being proposed would reverse the system, presuming consent to donate organs, unless a person opts out.
"Evidence shows that it works," said Dyck.
The research, according to Dyck, suggests that presumed consent might boost the rate of organ donations by 25 to 30 per cent.
"Brad Wall is being a real true leader here," he said. "That's something that you don't always see in politicians and I commend it."