Don In Parliament

“The Liberals’ medical cannabis tax is misconceived, unfair to patients, and damaging to public health. Patients already pay sales tax on their medical cannabis and aren’t eligible for reimbursement under most insurance plans – now this government wants to add an excise tax.”

“Canadians are well aware of the many unreasonable demands being made by the Trump administration at the NAFTA table. But we now know an astronomical increase in the duty-free exemption for U.S. exports is one of the items on Trump’s wish list.”

“Access to affordable housing is vital to the health and well-being of all Canadians. It is a fundamental human right. And yet too many Canadians continue to struggle with housing insecurity, particularly in British Columbia.”

“We’re five months away from the Prime Minister’s promised July 1 deadline for cannabis legalization. But now, the Liberal government is backing away from that date – causing confusion and concern.”

In 2017, a staggering 4000 Canadians died from opioid overdoses – an unprecedented 1400 people in British Columbia alone. This is not an opioid crisis. This is not an overdose crisis. It’s a crisis of social isolation and bad drug policy.

Canada’s New Democrats believe that we should have the strictest and most rigorous plain and standardized packaging requirements for tobacco in the world. Plain packaging has proved to be an effective way to reduce smoking, discourage young people from starting to smoke, and decrease second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke.

“New Democrats believe every Canadian student, who studies hard, should be able to access a world-class education without going deeply into debt. I call on all Parliamentarians to work together to make debt-free post-secondary education a reality for all students in Canada.”

“At present, there are over 400,000 working-age Canadians with disabilities who are not working, but whose disability does not prevent them from doing so. Almost half of these potential workers are post-secondary graduates.”

“Minister, my question is this, given the longer more entrenched and more serious death toll of the opioid overdose crisis why has your government’s response been so substantially less than what was done for the H1N1 health crisis?”

“True reconciliation and decolonization will not be possible without addressing the inequality, and indeed the injustice, in health care provision that have existed throughout this country for far too long,” said Davies.