Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her speech. I am sure she is very knowledgeable about many health-related issues.
As she probably knows, in his 2011 report, the Auditor General pointed to problems with Health Canada's timelines for informing people about problems with drugs. Up to two years can go by before Health Canada even finds out about problems.
The report was released in 2011, but it was not until December 2013 that the government introduced this bill, which is a step in the right direction. As my colleague said, Bill C-17 was a long time coming. However, I wonder why previous Liberal governments did not tackle this problem when they had the chance.
Were they not aware of the problem? Can my colleague enlighten me?