Peter tables Bill C-213, An Act to enact the Canada Pharmacare Act

43rd Parliament, 1st Session

Context : Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Bill C-213. Introduction and first reading

Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-213, An Act to enact the Canada Pharmacare Act.

He said: Thank you Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to introduce the Canada pharmacare act, an historic step in the history of our country.

The bill is seconded by the member for Burnaby South and supported by millions of Canadians across the country, like Jim, who has to beg at the entrance of Parliament Hill to find the money each month to pay for his medication, and Cole, a constituent whose family pays $1,000 a month for medication that keeps one member of their family alive.

The Canada pharmacare act would ensure universal, comprehensive, and public pharmacare that is accessible and affordable, the very principles of universal medicare. This will save Canadians billions of dollars. It will save the lives of thousands of Canadians who die from preventable causes because they lack medication coverage.

La loi canadienne sur l'assurance-médicaments va faire une différence pour des millions de Canadiennes et de Canadiens. Si les députés appuient ce projet de loi, on peut dire à tout le monde: « l'assurance-médicaments s'en vient enfin ».

Pharmacare is here at last.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

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