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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons, September 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | The purpose of the NDP's pharmacare bill was to advance a process to which the Trudeau government claims it is fully committed. And yet the governing Liberals voted against it.
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Karl Nerenberg | MP Peter Julian has introduced a private member's bill to create a national prescription drug benefit for all Canadians, in conjunction with the provinces.
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Bill Blaikie | Former health minister Monique Bégin worked to get her Liberal colleagues on board with the Canada Health Act in 1984. Who in today's Liberal party is pushing for national pharmacare?
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Ed Finn | Federal and most provincial governments continue to deny many thousands of citizens the basic preventive and protective health services that are standard practice in most other advanced nations.
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Ed Finn | Conservative politicians and pundits are questioning the feasibility of adding pharmaceutical coverage to Canada's public health-care system, but they are asking the wrong question.
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Prescription drugs
Marc Belanger, C. Marie Ainsborough, Derek Blackadder | RadioLabour's Canada Report April 19-26, 2019 -- Nurses say lobbyists are trying to stop pharmacare, what happened when British tourists supported a picket line, the LabourStart report and more.
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David J. Climenhaga | Announcing a full pharmacare program would have shifted the nation's attention immediately away from the hostile media frenzy the gong show before the House of Commons justice committee has become.
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Ed Finn | If Canadian voters vociferously demand that all the contending candidates and parties make pharmacare an unbreakable priority in the 2019 federal election, it may really become a reality next year.
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For many Canadians, it's the rent or medicine
Marc Belanger, C. Marie Ainsborough, Derek Blackadder | Weekly labour roundup by RadioLabour for Feb. 1-7, 2019 focuses on national pharmacare, the opioid crisis and the need for new rules for the global economic order.
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Maya Bhullar | Linda Silas of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union discusses the fight for a national pharmacare guided by principles of universality, single payer, public administration, and national formulary.
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Dennis Gruending | The Liberals are promising pharmacare but not a universal program. Let's look to the wisdom of medicare founders T.C. Douglas and Emmett Hall on how to proceed.
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David J. Climenhaga | A former chief of staff to prime minister Stephen Harper advises the Alberta Party, which chose former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel as leader last night, to "campaign against oil."