IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Budget 2018 ~ implement pharmacare now

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

42nd Parliament, 1st Session

You can watch the video here:
    Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister should know that the homeless cannot wait for years and years until the Liberals get around to funding housing in this country. It is the same with pharmacare. Liberals tried a big build-up around the budget, but what turned out to be yet another Liberal study. For 21 years, all they do is study. If he wants to steal NDP ideas, steal them, put them into practice, do not just stare at them. It is weird. After 21 years, the evidence is clear, why does the Prime Minister continue to refuse to implement pharmacare now in Canada?

    Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, it is disappointing to hear the member opposite disparage a national housing strategy because in addition to housing investment from budget 2016, it represents a 12-year commitment to housing and 30% of that 12-year investment will be spent in the first four years of our mandate. Investment then increases gradually over time because unlike previous governments, we believe the community housing sector should grow, not sink. That is why we are moving forward on things that matter to Canadians in concrete, tangible ways and delivering on all our promises.