When a rich corporation asks for help, Justin Trudeau is ready to do everything, but when Canadians need help, they are told to wait.
Canadians deserve a government that’s on their side, a government who will stand up to the wealthy and well-connected and put their interests first. They want someone who works to make their lives better -- not someone who works hard to secure backroom deals for their friends. Yet when it comes to real action on the housing crisis, medication coverage for all or protecting workers, people are being told to wait for help while corporate insiders are given a direct line to the Prime Minister.
We knew the halls of power were rigged for wealthy and corporate insiders. What the scandal over SNC-Lavalin has revealed in detail is just how far the Liberal government has gone to put the interests of the corporate elite over Canadians.
The Liberal government keeps telling us how important an independent justice system is, but it all goes out of the window when it’s their friends in trouble – like SNC Lavalin. Over the course of four month, the former attorney general sustained ongoing organized pressure from the Prime Minister and his office, the Privy Council Office and the Office of the Minister of Finance to politically interfere by granting a deferred prosecution agreement to SNC.
The Attorney General cannot be pressured by the Prime Minister. It is entirely inappropriate. How many times did the former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, have to say no before Trudeau and his team listened? She repeatedly said no. They repeatedly ignored her and were consistent in their attempts to improperly pressure her to change her mind for their well-connected friends.
How can the Prime Minister of this country not know what’s happening in his own office’s interactions with his cabinet?
The Prime Minister’s reaction has shown a clear lack of leadership and transparency to Canadians.He continued to blame others and discredited the credible testimony from the former Attorney-General without any proof. His entire reaction was based on ‘’I didn’t know’’, yet somehow without knowing, he knows that nothing was inappropriate.
The only job Prime Minster Trudeau is worried about is his own.
The Liberals have claimed that the issue is about jobs in Québec, but don’t have any evidence to prove this. We will always stand up for jobs, but Mr. Trudeau has proven time and again that he does not. This was about his re-election.
The real erosion of trust is not happening inside the Prime Minister's office, but with Canadians.
The only way to get to the bottom of this for Canadians is through an independent public inquiry. The Prime Minister owes Canadians that much.
PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
- SNC-Lavalin (Inc) executives have faced numerous prosecutions and convictions for bribery, fraud and money laundering;
- SNC-Lavalin recently lobbied federal government officials heavily for a deferred prosecution (or "remediation") agreement regarding a multi-million dollar criminal case against the company;
- The Prime Minister removed Jody Wilson-Raybould as Attorney General on January 14th;
- Wilson-Raybould resigned as Minister of Veterans Affairs amidst allegations that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had pressured her to assist SNC-Lavalin in avoiding criminal prosecution;
- The Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, Gerald Butts, subsequently also resigned on February 19th;
- Despite the fact that constitutionally an Attorney General is the legal representative of the people of Canada, Wilson-Raybould remained subject to full solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality until OIC 2019-0105 was issued on February 25th;
- On February 27th Wilson-Raybould testified to the House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights that for approximately four months she had been subjected to "political interference" by various government officials; and
- Canadians are entitled to substantive public disclosure concerning the legal and ethical significance of these events and allegations.
Can’t afford your medication? Universal public pharmacare saves money and lives.
Canadians are paying more for prescription drugs than citizens of other OECD countries, with one in eight Canadians between 55 and 64 saying they cannot afford their medication. Nearly 2 million Canadians couldn’t afford to fill their prescriptions in the last year. And for many people that means more trips to the doctor or the hospital – hurting their health, and costing more in the long run. No one should have to choose between paying for their medicine, or paying for their or their families’ other basic needs.
It’s the smart thing and the right thing to do.
Canada’s public health care system is a point of national pride and, arguably, the envy of the world. It is also something New Democrats have long championed and supported. We are proud to be the founder of and tireless advocate for Medicare.
It was always the vision of Tommy Douglas, the father of Medicare, that our public health care system should include universal , comprehensive, public Pharmacare.
We have been talking about this since the 1960s and study after study shows that not only will it save lives, it will save money. A Parliamentary Budget Officer study concluded that, in 2016, Canada would have collectively saved $4 billion on prescription medication if we can universal medication coverage – and some estimates suggest that we could realize even larger savings.
Interim Report on the Implementation of National Pharmacare
On March 6, my colleague Don Davies, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway made the following statement about the interim report from the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare:
“It’s disappointing to see that the Liberals have missed an important opportunity to commit to real change in national drug coverage. Today’s report leaves the door open to a private, U.S.-style patchwork system of coverage, and it fails to recommend the system that delivers the best results for patients: a public, single-payer delivery model.
One thing that today’s report does make clear is the degree to which the current system is failing Canadians. Too many families are facing impossible choices when it comes to the prescription drugs they need – choosing between rent and an epi-pen their child needs, between saving for retirement or getting medication to manage a chronic illness.
We know that a universal, public pharmacare program will keep people healthy, save Canadians, employers and the public system money, and build on the best traditions of Medicare – where no one is left behind.
Let’s be clear: a patchwork, fill-the-gaps approach favoured by Finance Minister Morneau may help Liberal friends like big pharmaceutical and insurance corporations, but it won’t deliver efficient prescription drug coverage for every Canadian.
New Democrats will keep fighting for a universal, comprehensive, public pharmacare program that delivers the help Canadians across the country urgently need.”
The time for universal, comprehensive and public pharmacare system is NOW.
I echo what my colleague's statement about the Interim Report. We’re the only country in the world that has a universal health-care system… that doesn’t also include some form of coverage for medication. Universal, comprehensive health-care coverage for all Canadians is an investment that we need to make a top priority, and the time to do that is now.
I will continue to champion this common-sense and overdue healthcare advancement.
I will also continue speaking up—both inside and outside the House of Commons—to urge investment across the spectrum of healthcare, including home and community care, mental health care, and palliative care.
In the meantime, please sign MP Don Davies' petition to support a pharmacare plan that leaves no one behind.