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“Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver-Kingsway, brought that message to Qualicum Beach for the second stop on his national pharmacare tour in an attempt to make the subject an election issue in the 2019 federal election.”

“You can’t just plug holes in the system,” said Davies. “We need a systemic overhaul in the form of a single-payer care — where the main source of savings is bulk buying.”

New Democrats call on the federal government to launch an investigation into these firms’ role in fuelling Canada’s opioid problem.

“I’m reminded of the phrase ‘imitation is the best form of flattery,’” NDP health critic Don Davies told VICE News.

An important report that was just released by the Standing Committee on Health: Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for all Canadians. 

Over 4,000 people died of overdoses last year in Canada due to the opioids crisis, and Davies says their families and future users of the drugs deserve justice.

A Vancouver MP is calling on the federal government to investigate drug manufacturers’ role in Canada’s deadly opioid crisis – and to seek financial compensation from the companies.

“What message does it send when thousands of Canadians die from overdoses and our authorities fail to seek justice? We owe it to the memory of those lost to this crisis to hold those who profited from it to account.”

“We cover every single Canadian universally through a single-payer public (health care) system,” said Davies. “All I’m talking about is expanding that basket of services to include prescription drugs, just like we cover every other essential service under medicare.”

NDP MP Don Davies held up and read out of the 1997 Liberal platform, which stated: “A new Liberal government will develop a national plan and timetable for introducing universal public coverage for medically necessary prescription drugs.”