Will the Liberals support a national Pharmacare strategy?

Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands) 2020-03-12 13:15

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to hear the parliamentary secretary’s speech, but I would be more pleased if it were clear that Liberal members will be voting in favour of the opposition motion in the business of supply today. It is very clear that the majority of members of Parliament have been sent to this place by constituents who want a national Pharmacare plan. Constituents want it to conform to the report by Dr. Hoskins, which was commissioned in the last Parliament. They do not want to risk delay. We want to get it passed while this minority Parliament is in session. Could the hon. parliamentary secretary inform the House whether the Liberals will support this motion so we get a Pharmacare plan in place as quickly as possible?

Sean Fraser (Central Nova) 2020-03-12 13:16

Madam Speaker, to reiterate my opening comment, when I said I would lead with my conclusion, I will be supporting this motion. I speak not for the government, but for myself. I hope my colleagues will do the same. The fact is that we have a time-limited opportunity in this minority Parliament to make a real difference that will extend access to medication to some of Canada’s most vulnerable. I will never forgive myself if I do not take the opportunity to do everything within my power to ensure the most vulnerable Canadians have access to the medication they so desperately need.