Unifor is throwing its support behind a new federal NDP motion, which calls on the government to implement a universal pharmacare program next year. The motion was introduced by MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) this morning in the House of Commons and calls on the government to meet an October 2018 deadline.
“I’m pleased to see the NDP taking leadership role in pushing for an urgent upgrade to our universal health care system,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “It is shameful that Canada remains the only country with a universal health care system without an accompanying public prescription drug plan.
We have the second most expensive prescription drug costs in the world, right behind the United States. Add to this the fact that approximately 8.4 million working Canadians and their families have no coverage at all. It is tantamount to a crisis in our responsibility to live up to our universal healthcare obligations.”
Dias said that the Parliamentary Budget Officer concluded only last week that a universal pharmacare program would save Canadians and the government billions of dollars.
In August at the union’s Canadian Council, more than 1,000 members from across the country voted unanimously in favour of engaging in a national campaign for universal pharmacare for all Canadians.
Unifor is engaged in the Canadian Labour Congress campaign advocating for a universal prescription drug system – www.aplanforeveryone.ca – and has supported similar campaigns through the Canadian Health Coalition, Council of Canadians and Canadian Doctors for Medicare.