Mr. Speaker, all Canadians and both sides of the House recognize that the price of drugs is extremely high in this country. Therefore, we have to work collaboratively to ensure that we can get those prices down. Working with the provinces and territories has been crucial to reducing the cost of drugs. Since 2016, we have joined with the provinces and territories to ensure that we have more bulk buying power. As a result, we have seen significant savings in drug costs. We have been advised that we have saved over $1.3 billion since 2016 through the bulk purchasing program. That is a significant saving to our health care system, and monies that we can invest in other areas where it is very much needed.
In the House of Commons on October 5th, 2017. See this statement in context.