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View Don Davies Profile
NDP (BC)
View Don Davies Profile
2019-12-09 13:42 [p.92]
Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise in the House for the first time in the 43rd Parliament and take the opportunity to thank the great people of Vancouver Kingsway for once again placing their trust in me. It is a privilege and an honour to represent them in this Parliament.
I am glad my hon. colleague raised the very critical issue of pharmacare. The throne speech talked about his government's desire to take steps toward national pharmacare. Those are the words in the throne speech. We know that the Liberal Party has been promising universal pharmacare and a timeline to accomplish it since 1997. The New Democrats campaigned on this issue in 2015 and worked hard to put this issue on the national stage. I am glad his government is paying attention to it.
Will Canadians see his Liberal government introduce legislation in this Parliament to establish universal, comprehensive and publicly delivered pharmacare through the single-payer system?
View Don Davies Profile
NDP (BC)
View Don Davies Profile
2019-12-09 16:36 [p.119]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate my hon. colleague on his first speech in the House and welcome him to this august chamber.
During the last federal campaign, I heard from many people, particularly from young people and those who were particularly concerned about the climate emergency facing our planet. We know that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued some extremely serious and dire warnings that we have 11 years to take serious action now in order to avoid raising global temperatures above 1.5°. If we do not, we risk planetary catastrophe, melting polar ice caps, disappearing coral reefs and mass extinction.
What are my hon. colleague's thoughts on this subject? Does he agree with the New Democrats that we need to take urgent, pressing action on climate change now and start making the transition to a sustainable economy that not only is the economy of the future but also is necessary to save our planet?
View Don Davies Profile
NDP (BC)
View Don Davies Profile
2019-12-09 17:38 [p.128]
Madam Speaker, I would like to congratulate my hon. colleague on a powerful speech that reflects some of the most profoundly important issues facing his riding and British Columbians.
Two weeks ago, I was visited by a large group of citizens who are very concerned about the continued use of open-net fish farms in British Columbia and the devastating impact it is having on our wild salmon. They were urging us to raise, at the first opportunity in the House, the need to go to in-ground closed containment as soon as possible.
My question really is about housing, because that is literally the number one issue that I heard on the campaign trail. In my riding we have very many successful co-ops that were built with federal funds in the 1970s and 1980s and provided thousands of affordable units for families of all types.
I am wondering if my hon. colleague agrees with me when I call on the current government to bring back federal funding for a national co-op housing program so that we can build the hundreds of thousands of co-op units that are so desperately needed by so many people in this country.
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