“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.”

“Will the Liberals accept our reasonable amendments and fix this bill?”

“Mr. Speaker, 2016 saw more Canadians die from opioid overdoses than any year in history. More than 2,800 Canadians lost their lives in every corner of our nation. Despite this devastating death toll, the government refused to declare a national public health emergency and claimed it was making ‘progress’.”

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

“Will the Liberals join with the NDP and commit to creating a universal pharmacare program?”

“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.