Libby urges the government to take leadership and reduce health care wait times


House of Commons


June 12, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, apparently the minister is completely ignoring this report.

The fact is, Conservatives came to power on a promise to reduce wait times for medical care.

Now, seven years later, Canadians are waiting just as long, if not longer.

Lack of long-term care, home care and affordable prescriptions are all contributing factors, as noted in the report.

Can the minister explain why the Conservatives have failed to reduce wait times, and what are they going to do now to fix this broken promise they made to Canadians?

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

Mr. Speaker, our government is making record investments in health care, including new e-health initiatives I announced some time ago. It is Canadians who pay those taxes. When members of the NDP caucus do not pay their taxes, it takes money away from services Canadians value, like health care. It is bad enough that they vote against health care investments, but now we know that some members of their caucus are not even paying their fair share of taxes.