“[Health-care workers] deal every day with trauma and the public, and the number and intensity of attacks are growing at an alarming rate. This report sends a strong message that those who provide such critical services must be treated with respect and security,” said Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway (B.C.).

In an interview, Davies said, “I’ve long thought that dental care was a serious omission from our universal health care system that doesn’t make any sense from a public health or social justice point of view.”

Her testimony also followed a letter sent this spring by NDP health critic Don Davies, who asked the RCMP to conduct an investigation of serious and credible allegations that have been brought forward.

NDP MP Don Davies thinks the Liberal government could be doing much more to address the overdose crisis.

NDP health critic Don Davies has been calling for the Mounties to launch a criminal probe of coerced sterilizations. In response to a letter he sent earlier this year, Lucki said the force will work with commanding officers in each province and territory to see if any complaints have been reported.

NDP health critic Don Davies accused the government of dragging its heels on legalizing edibles, leaving it in the hands of the black market. Canadian businesses are hamstrung when they could be “going gangbusters,” as they are in jurisdictions like California, he said.

Why are the Liberals refusing to take these overdue measures that will save lives?

A simple question deserves a clear answer from the Health Minister: will the Liberals implement universal, comprehensive, single-payer pharmacare or not?

Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway, health critic and vice-chair of the committee, said the parliamentary health committee heard calls for decriminalization at every stop and that not acting was “political cowardice.”

“Liberals like to campaign on pharmacare, New Democrats like to implement it. Why won’t this Liberal government listen to Dr. Hoskins and commit to action today?”