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 The waltz over pharmacare has gone on long enough, say NDP activists

Adrian Wyld The Canadian Press The leader of the New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, before a press conference in Ottawa on September 26

A group of New Democratic activists intend to push for drug insurance to be a sine qua non condition for maintaining the agreement of support and trust with the Liberals during the 'a political congress next week.

The agreement provides for the New Democratic Party (NDP) to support the minority Liberals in key votes in exchange for progress on common priorities, including pharmacare.

Activists submit a resolution to urgently to declare that the agreement cannot be maintained without legislation that commits to a universal and fully public pharmacare program, which they hope will be debated at the convention in Hamilton, Ontario.

The group, called Stand Strong For Pharmacare, launched a website for delegates to encourage them to take a strong stance on the policy, and to hold the Liberals to their agreement.< /p>

“Our resolution at the NDP convention would make clear that if [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau fails to deliver on his promise of universal, comprehensive, public pharmacare, there will be consequences,” can we read on the website.

The resolution comes after NDP health critic Don Davies revealed his party had rejected the first draft of the Liberal government's pharmacare bill, which is expected to be tabled this fall.

“At this stage, this does not respect the red lines of the New Democrats,” Mr. Davies said in an interview this week. We are waiting for a next version to reach us. »

Mr. Davies said the NDP would accept nothing less than a commitment to have pharmacare paid for and administered by the single-payer public system.

The group, led by James Brunet, president of the Ottawa South provincial riding NDP association, said members need to tell the party loud and clear that they support them in the fight for pharmacare, “even if it means risking an election.”

Health Minister Mark Holland said discussions with the NDP were continuing and the situation was still fluid.


Party chief Jagmeet Singh's chief of staff said she expected there to be many conversations about the support and confidence deal at the convention.

“I think there's a lot of concern that the Liberals are trying to get out of the deal to lay the groundwork for pharmacare. “I think it will be debated in the room,” Jennifer Howard said Friday.

The deadline for submitting resolutions to Congress was August, but news of ongoing negotiations on the Pharmacare legislation was only recently revealed.

Policy ideas submitted after the deadline, due to urgent and unforeseen circumstances, are considered an emergency resolution, and the convention policy committee will decide whether or not they can be introduced.

The resolution will likely be discussed on the last day of the NDP convention, if it makes it to debate.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116