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View Don Davies Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-02-25 17:13 [p.1537]
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for Vancouver East for all of her work on health care and for pushing for dental care for her constituents and all Canadians.
However, I would take that objection from my Liberal colleagues more seriously if I had not seen this already once before. They said the same thing when the NDP moved a motion in the House several years ago to move ahead with public pharmacare. They said they could not until the Standing Committee on Health issued its report. Then the committee issued its report and it called for public pharmacare, but they still did not act. Then they said that we had to wait for the Hoskins report. Those working on the Hoskins report did their work, and the Hoskins report issued a call for public pharmacare, and we are still waiting. To this day, the Prime Minister has never uttered a commitment to public pharmacare, nor has a single health minister of the three health ministers since 2015 of this Liberal government. All they keep doing is delaying, and that is after the Liberals promised public pharmacare in 1997. Forgive me if I am not going to take seriously another Liberal standing up saying, “Here's another reason why Canadians have to wait before they get access to dental care”.
It is time to bring in public pharmacare and public dental care now for Canadians instead of giving billions of dollars to oil companies or buying pipelines. They always seem to have money for that. It is time to put that money into the health care of Canadians.
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