The numbers are staggering.
One in five Canadians are unable to afford the medication their doctors prescribe.
The solution is clear. We need a national universal public pharmacare program. In fact it is needed now more than ever.
Our NDP caucus put forward Bill C-213, An Act to Enact the Canada Pharmacare Act, which lays out the path to establishing a universal, single-payer, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan. The Liberals and Conservatives voted against it
This was the Liberals’ chance to act on a promise they have been making for over 24 years. They made it clear that they have no interest in helping Canadians who are struggling to afford their prescription medication — they would rather side with big pharma.
Canadians overwhelmingly support pharmacare (88 per cent support).
We know that families from coast to coast to coast are struggling to afford their medication. We introduced this bill to make people’s lives better and more affordable.
One thing is clear. While the Liberals and Conservatives are working for the wealthy, we’re fighting for you.
We will continue to fight to make a national pharmacare program part of our Medicare program.