NDP health critic Don Davies said on Friday it is encouraging that the federal health minister is “acknowledging reality” when it comes to health care capacity.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed chronic weakness in the public-health system, and the need to address this is real and the time is now, he said.
Mr. Davies added that there is a very strong consensus in the general public and among the provinces about the need for a “generational investment” in long-term funding that is stable and predictable, adding this can be achieved through an increase to the CHT.
Veteran NDP MP Don Davies also has championed the issue in the past — most recently with aprivate member's billin March of 2020.
Davies told the House of Commons at the time that the "history of the franchise in Canada" has been one of "constant expansion" since Confederation, when voting was strictly for male British subjects who were at least 21 and owned property.
"Young Canadians are engaged, well-informed and passionate advocates for a better future, for their future," he said. "Many young people work and pay taxes, but they have no say in how those tax dollars are spent. This disenfranchisement is unjustified and must change."
Ottawa must reverse its policy to protect vaccine patents, so more countries can produce their own vaccines and prevent variants of COVID-19 from developing, says the NDP’s health critic.
G7 health ministers, including Canada’s Jean-Yves Duclos, attended an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the emergence of the highly mutated COVID variant, Omicron.
Because Ottawa isn’t supporting the TRIPS waiver proposal, which would give poorer countries access to information on how to make the vaccines, NDP MP Don Davies said significant parts of the world will remain unvaccinated, and the likelihood that a variant of concern develops will increase.
NDP deputy foreign affairs critic Don Davies said the foundational principles of the House include democracy, the rule of law and the supremacy of Parliament.
“No government of any stripe is entitled to ignore these fundamental principles. … To do so is an act of autocracy and a repudiation of the basic tenets of our nation for which so many fought and died.”
Don Davies, a British Columbia member of parliament and the health critic for the New Democratic Party, called the federal response to the cyberattack "totally deficient," saying more should be done to assure Canadians that medical systems are safe.
"We've had radio silence from the Trudeau government and from Liberal MPs, and that's extremely concerning given that this is a serious breach of Canadians' personal data," Davies told CBC News Friday.
"We're talking about a responsible, judicious, sensible, targeted relaxation of patent rules for the purpose of facilitating the production of life-saving vaccines," Davies said. "I think that's not only a responsible position, I think it's the only ethical and, frankly, is the only pragmatic decision."
It’s time we treat drug use/addiction as a health issue, rather than a criminal one. The BC NDP government's call for decriminalization is an important step in that direction. This morning I joined CBC’s Early Edition to discuss the way forward for Canada.