Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member opposite for his question about this issue, but I think that it is up to the federal government to ensure that all provinces have access to many kinds of drugs so that patients can get appropriate treatment.
When there is only one supplier, obviously a small technical glitch can quickly cause problems. It is up to the federal government to ensure compliance with regulations and effective monitoring so that we can identify places where there is a production slowdown or drug safety issue. The government would then be able to prevent this kind of catastrophe and shortage by working with the provinces. The government will not solve the problem by pointing at the provinces and saying that it is up to them to make sure they have the resources. Everyone will have to work together and work hard to find long-term solutions.