House of Commons

NDP MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, B.C.) described the ethnically diverse ridings as the “face of Canada” and “the most representative communities in the country,” and said with Jagmeet Singh as the new NDP leader, the party will be able to make significant gains in these ethnically diverse seats.

“Doctors, nurses, health professionals, policy experts, the business community, the public – and now the provinces – all want universal pharmacare as soon as possible. Why don’t the Liberals?”

NDP health critic Don Davies, who represents a Vancouver riding, told reporters Wednesday that it’s “absolutely” time for Canada to follow suit. “I have been calling for the Liberal government to declare a national public health emergency under the Emergencies Act for a better part of a year, and they have refused to do that,” said Davies.

“For twelve months, we’ve been urging the Liberal government to declare the overdose epidemic a national public health emergency. And for twelve months they’ve refused.”

“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.”

” It took New Democrats and courage to bring medicare to Canadians. We will continue to work to do the same thing for pharmacare.”

“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’.”