Libby urges the government to reform drug safety checks

House of Commons


April 29, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, this is the third time in less than a month that Canadian pharmaceuticals have been in the news for poor quality control.


Because Health Canada continues to fall behind on drug safety for Canadians. Apparently it is okay for the government to leave it to the U.S. to do Canada’s job.

Why are the Conservatives cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from Health Canada and not investing in comprehensive drug safety measures for Canadians?

The minister has to be accountable for that.

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

Mr. Speaker, it is this government that has increased health transfers to the provinces and territories.  Our government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians, and we are proposing an interim solution to ensure that all drug service providers fall within federal and provincial regulations.

We plan to work closely with the provinces and territories to address the situation as quickly as possible.