Another alleged shortcoming of the federal government was that it did not do more to prevent a highly contagious variant from emerging in parts of the world without the vaccination coverage that countries like Canada have, said Don Davies, a Vancouver MP who is the NDP’s health critic.
While recognizing Ottawa alone could not prevent this, Davies argued the government could have helped developing countries set up their own vaccine manufacturing by pushing for pharmaceutical companies to waive intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines.
"It’s rare that you can see such a poor decision from an organizational, labour/employment and health point of view," said NDP health critic Don Davies, a Vancouver MP.
"This one is like a triple-loser."
Davies said the policy will only add to suffering and labour shortages that multiple sectors are grappling with, and he finds it ironic Gallagher was sent home instead of applauded for trying to protect his family and colleagues.
"I think it’s perverse that any employer — never mind a federal government department — would have any kind of policy to discourage that."
“Health care is delivered fundamentally on a local level by the provinces, and that’s the way it should be,” said NDP MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, B.C.), his party’s health critic. “But that doesn’t mean that the federal government doesn’t play a pivotal role in making sure that health-care dollars are spent wisely, that there is a bang for the buck, and that they are properly funding our overall system.”
NDP MP Don Davies and Conservative MP Ryan Williams both asked about the status of these reviews at Tuesday’s meeting citing interest in having made-in-Canada options as well as other offerings to potentially address vaccine hesitancy.
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.