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“This month, the country’s New Democratic party (NDP) introduced a motion to force the federal government to begin laying the groundwork for a universal pharmacare program.”

“The answer can be seen in those parties’ respective responses to NDP MP Don Davies’ motion to start negotiations with the provinces toward a national pharmacare system.”

“MPs shot down the motion Tuesday evening, voting 246 to 43. It was proposed earlier this month by NDP health critic Don Davies after a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer suggested Canadians would save roughly $4 billion in drug spending under a national pharmacare program.”

On October 5, 2017, NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Caron, along with colleagues Don Davies and Brigitte Sansoucy, discusses the party’s opposition day motion on a national pharmacare program. Mr. Caron also comments on TransCanada’s announcement that it will not proceed with its proposed Energy East pipeline project.

“No Canadian should have to choose between medicine for their family and putting food on the table,” said Don Davies, NDP Health Critic. “What’s more is that study after study shows that a universal pharmacare program would actually save money.”

“When asked about his concerns with the bill as it stands, the MP didn’t mince words.”

“Don Davies, an NDP MP who serves as vice-chair on the health committee that has been studying the marijuana legislation, said the task force did very good work — but the optics of one of its members now running a medical cannabis company shows the government may need to look at instituting a cooling-off period for people who consult on policy.”

“The high cost of pharmaceuticals is forcing too many Canadians to choose between filling their fridge and filling their prescriptions,” Davies said in the House of Commons.

Don: Mr. Scheer’s rejection of a harm reduction approach to the opioid crisis reveals an outdated, unscientific and dangerous ideology.

“It is clear that this event’s organizers are motivated by what just happened in Charlottesville,” Davies said.  “They intend on spreading hatred and inciting violence, and we must send a strong and clear message that this will not be tolerated in our community.”