Libby ask the Conservative government to uphold Medicare for Canadians

House of Commons


December 4, 2012

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, 50 years ago in Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas brought Medicare to Canada. He fought powerful interests but with help from the people he succeeded.

Unfortunately, since coming to power the Conservatives have done nothing to strengthen the Health Accords. We have witnessed:

-growing privatization,

-no national drug plan,

-no help for home care, and;

-longer wait times.

Will the Conservatives finally show leadership and stop their reckless plan to unilaterally cut $36 billion from provincial health care budgets?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, the provinces and territories are responsible for delivering health care in their jurisdictions. To enable the provinces and the territories to address their priorities, we have announced long-term stable funding arrangements that will see transfers reach a historic level of $40 billion by the end of the decade.