New West-Burnaby MP launches national push for pharmacare

New West-Burnaby MP launches national push for pharmacare

NDP Health Critic Don Davies noted that Bill C-213 follows the recommendations set out in the government's own Hoskins' Report and has laid out the necessary criteria for provinces to receive funding under the program. 

"According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, this plan would make pharmacare available to all Canadians, create many efficiencies and save more than $4.2 billion in prescription costs every year,” said Davies.

Letter to the Minister Re: CEBA Loan Eligibility Issue

Letter to the Minister Re: CEBA Loan Eligibility Issue

Too many businesses are being excluded from the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) because contracts after March 01, 2020 are not included in the $40,000 expenses required to access the loan.
 
As one constituent has pointed out to me, businesses did not begin feeling the effects of COVID-19 until well after March 01, 2020. In fact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government did not create a committee to begin studying the possible effects of COVID-19 until March 04, 2020. The WHO did not officially declare COVID-19 a pandemic until March 11, 2020, and the Prime Minister did not close Canada’s borders until March 16, 2020.
 
Business owners in my constituency, and across Canada, have sacrificed much during COVID-19, and they should be supported by their government. It is a certainty that there are others in similar situations to my constituent, and it is for this reason that I am requesting a change in the CEBA eligibility to allow for expenses beyond the current March 01, 2020 deadline.
 
Read my letter to Minister Freeland here:

NDP Critic says Tories aren't solely to blame for problems at Public Health Agency

Ottawa’s math is being challenged after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested this week that problems at the Public Health Agency of Canada are due largely to a lack of support by the previous government, not his own.

Few to use new sickness benefit for COVID-19 diagnosis

Few to use new sickness benefit for COVID-19 diagnosis

Parliament’s spending watchdog says relatively little of the government’s new sickness benefit will go to people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a report Wednesday morning, the parliamentary budget officer estimated only $50 million out of the estimated $655 million of the new sickness benefit will go to workers who have COVID-19.

MPs, experts welcome new mental health spending, but urge feds to take more decisive action

MPs, experts welcome new mental health spending, but urge feds to take more decisive action

As the federal government seeks to turn the Throne Speech from rhetoric into reality, some Parliamentarians say they are frustrated with the level of investment and lack of associated information dedicated to mental health in the government’s latest COVID relief bill, which unanimously passed the House on Sept. 30. MPs and mental health advocates are urging the federal government to take this moment to expand public mental health coverage to address the issues that predate the pandemic and those that’ve been exacerbated by it. 

Liberal government must end COVID-19 vaccine secrecy

Liberal government must end COVID-19 vaccine secrecy

By Don Davies, MP and NDP Health Critic 

Canadians cannot fight COVID-19 in the dark. Experience has demonstrated that an effective pandemic response requires clear, transparent, and open communication from governments at all levels. This is essential for maintaining public confidence in recovery plans and the legitimacy of the institutions implementing them.

Unfortunately, the Trudeau government has demonstrated a disturbing tendency to operate with secrecy, manipulation, and hyper control.

Federal NDP slams Trudeau for argument that "decriminalisation is not a silver bullet"

Federal NDP slams Trudeau for argument that "decriminalisation is not a silver bullet"

The war on drugs is a failure. We need medically-regulated safe supply to stop the flow of toxic street drugs supplied by criminals. We need better treatment options. It’s time to treat addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one

Langley's top Mountie 'reassigned' amid questions about mayor's gala and public money

Langley's top Mountie 'reassigned' amid questions about mayor's gala and public money

That the RCMP hasn’t said more about any costs borne by the gala is concerning, said Don Davies, a Vancouver MP who is also the NDP’s deputy public safety critic.

“There has to be a transparent and comprehensive investigation into what went on here. We need to assess whether or not there were ethical questions,” he said.

“The public has a right to know and we as parliamentarians ought to be demanding full accountability and transparency in what went on here."

Federal government must stop privatization of health care in Alberta

Federal government must stop privatization of health care in Alberta

VANCOUVER – NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) is calling on the federal government to enforce the Canada Health Act and stand up to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's plan to privatize orthopedic surgeries.

“Jason Kenney's privatization agenda will create a two-tiered health care system that violates our most basic principles of equal access and will hurt the quality of care," said Davies. "We are calling on federal Health Minister Hadju to make it clear that this will not be tolerated."

Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen follows Svend Robinson's example by funding high school scholarships

Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen follows Svend Robinson's example by funding high school scholarships

And at the federal level, Vancouver Kingsway NDP MP Don Davies has been awarding scholarships out of his own pocket to students in his riding since 2009. He always designates one of those scholarships to a student with diverse needs.

There are three high schools in Vancouver Kingsway.

In addition, Davies runs a "Create Your Canada" contest. In this initiative, Davies has been bringing two students from Vancouver Kingsway to Ottawa every year since 2009 for a three-day tour.