February 24th, 2021
Liberals and Conservatives voted against helping Canadians who can’t afford their medication
OTTAWA — Moments ago, Liberals and Conservatives voted against an NDP bill that lays out the path to establishing a universal, single-payer, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan. With one in five Canadians unable to afford the medication their doctors prescribe and COVID-19 exposing the gaps in our healthcare, a national, universal, public pharmacare program is needed now more than ever.
“Canadian families are struggling to pay for their prescription drugs and today the Liberals and Conservatives made it clear they’re not going to step in to help,” said NDP MP Rachel Blaney (North Island—Powell River). “The Liberals have been talking about a pharmacare program for over 20 years but, when it comes time to actually take action and make the lives of Canadians better, they won’t do it. New Democrats will keep fighting to get Canadians the help they need.”
By opposing a bill that would pave the way for Canadian Pharmacare, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals broke their promise to voters and abandoned their commitment to helping those in financial and medical need. The Liberals weren’t the only ones to oppose this program, Conservative MPs also voted against the proposal to get Canadians affordable prescription drugs.
“Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for prescription medication. Instead of standing up for families who are having a hard time paying for the medicine they need, the Liberals and Conservatives have sided with big pharma and insurance companies. It’s incredibly disappointing,” said NDP MP Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford). “Canadians can count on New Democrats to work for them and their families.”
“We introduced this bill to make people’s lives better and more affordable. Prescription drugs are not a luxury item people can choose to do without. They are completely essential,” said NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni). “It’s just not good enough for the Liberals and Conservatives to claim they want to help make life more affordable for Canadians and then vote against common sense policies that help people in this country. We’re not going to stop here; New Democrats will keep pushing for pharmacare for all Canadians.”