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.”

“I would like to seek unanimous consent to table the 1997 Liberal election campaign platform, which promised Canadians universal pharmacare.”

Over 20 years ago, the Liberals promised Canadians they would deliver universal pharmacare in their 1997 election platform. The Liberals failed Canadians then, why should we believe them now?

Davies said that a mere $7 million is needed to maintain these services – less than the Liberals spent on the Parliament Hill ice rink.

Then, on February 2, Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway, formally raised the proposal in the House of Commons and asked the Liberals: “When will this government abandon the failed war on drugs and adopt a health-based approach to addiction and drug use?”

“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.”

In the House of Commons, New Democrat MP Don Davies accused the government of backing away from its July target date, “causing confusion and concern.”

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.

“Research recently released by the Angus Reid Institute shows that one in eight Canadians – nearly 3.5 million people – have close friends or family members who have become dependent on opioids in the last five years.”

“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?”