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“This legislation will provide tuition-free post-secondary education for all Canadians with disabilities…The bill is a result of the vision of a bright young man from my riding of Vancouver Kingsway: Sanjay Kajal.”

NDP health critic Don Davies, who made the announcement outside of the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, said that the plan would form part of a national public pharmacare strategy if the NDP forms government in the upcoming federal election.

Don Davies, MP for Vancouver Kingsway and NDP health critic, pointed out that the ministerial marching orders for both former health minister Jane Philpott and incumbent Ginette Petitpas Taylor included lowering drug costs.

“Canada should lead by example by guaranteeing equal access to birth control for all its citizens,” Davies said. “By implementing universal, public phamacare, we can ensure that prescribed contraceptives are available as a matter of basic healthcare delivery.”

“Why is this Liberal government letting rich Canadians, who are cheating our tax system, off the hook with secret deals? Who do they think they are, SNC Lavalin?”

“If we fail to ensure that every Canadian living with diabetes can afford to access insulin, it would certainly be a missed opportunity on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin in Canada.”

“How do you respond to pharmacare advocates who argue that corporate lobbyists appear to have too much influence on your government’s pharmacare deliberations?”

“Why are the Liberals doing big pharma’s bidding and failing to lower the cost of medication for all Canadians?”

“NDP MP Don Davies (Vancouver-Kingsway) appears to be pushing the government to make good on its promise. He tabled Bill C-446 earlier this month — an act to develop a national school food program for children that would require the federal Minister of Health to develop a school food program to ensure that all children in Canada have access to healthy food.”

“In a country as prosperous as Canada, no child should ever go to school hungry. Yet today more than one and a half million Canadian children live in homes that struggle to put food on the table.”