Libby urges the Conservative government to show leadership in protecting our health care

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House of Commons
November 24, 2011

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, as health ministers meet this week, Canadians are looking for leadership from the federal government, not only on the upcoming 2014 health accord but also on the lack of action from the 2004 accord.

It is clear that the government has dropped the ball on health care. Right now, five million Canadians do not have a family doctor.

I ask the Minister of Health: what is she going to do now to meet the commitments of the 2004 health accord?

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, of course I do not accept the premise of that question. The minister will have the opportunity to meet with health ministers tomorrow to discuss what we have learned from the 2004 health accord. Our government is committed to a universal and publicly funded health care system and the Canada Health Act. We are committed to continuing the 6% escalator to the provinces and territories. The upcoming discussions will be about accountability and results for Canadians, because that is what they want, which will include better reporting from the provinces and territories to measure that progress.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, Canadian families are still waiting for an affordable drug plan and long-term care and want to know why there has been no federal action on the commitments made in 2004.

With an aging population, lowering the cost of prescription drugs is more important than ever.

The government has had five years to act, but nothing has been done.

How can we expect leadership from the government on the 2014 health accord if it still has not delivered on the promises that were made in 2004?