Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, earlier this week, the Auditor General blew the whistle on the Conservatives' pitiful record when it comes to helping injured veterans. Adding insult to injury, we now learn the money they promised to veterans in a face-saving measure will actually be spread over not five years but over 50 years. Conservatives misled the House, they misled the public and they misled veterans. Why will the Conservatives not own up to their mistakes, and be honest with Canada's veterans?
Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the co-op housing sector is in dire need of sustainable funding from the federal government because agreements between co-ops and CMHC are coming to an end. In my riding of Vancouver East there are 30 housing co-ops.
Approximately one-third of co-op households will be at risk of homelessness when these agreements expire. Thousands of vulnerable citizens will be burdened with severe financial difficulty.
I’m pleased to share with you a recent report from the NDP that was tabled in the House, pertaining to marijuana policy reform in Canada. Our report flows from a recently concluded study at the Standing Committee on Health, on the “Risks and Harms of Marijuana.” The study was very biased and flawed (immediately noticeable from the title alone!).
The NDP report presents a thoughtful, realistic, and achievable direction for marijuana policy in Canada.
Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, for over 50 years the survivors of thalidomide have been forced to struggle alone. Successive federal governments have failed to support survivors and address the wrong. We will never know how many lives were devastated because of the decision to allow this drug in Canada, but the least we can do now is to provide adequate support and compensation to the 95 remaining survivors.
Does the minister agree that we all have a responsibility to show support to meet the needs of thalidomide survivors?
OTTAWA - The NDP is urging the government to provide fair compensation to survivors of the Thalidomide tragedy – victims who have struggled for decades with the tragic consequences of using this drug, which had been approved by the Canadian government as a safe drug for use by pregnant women to deal with morning sickness.