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Health  Mr. Speaker, we agree that Canadians are paying too much for their prescription medicines, but unlike the NDP, we are doing our homework. When it comes to something as big and important as pharmacare, we want to get it right. Unlike the NDP, we want to know how much something cos

February 8th, 2019House debate

John Oliver

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, we said that we would stand up for Canadian values and protect our national interest and that is exactly what we did. The new Canada-United States-Mexico agreement means Canadian workers and their families will enjoy greater opportunities than ever before. The leade

January 28th, 2019House debate

John Oliver

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, our priority since the beginning of NAFTA negotiations has always been to get a good deal for Canadian workers, businesses and families. I am proud to say that with the new Canada-United States-Mexico agreement, our government stood firm and secured that good deal fo

January 28th, 2019House debate

John Oliver

Health  Mr. Speaker, our government has demonstrated its commitment to improving the accessibility and affordability of prescription drugs, including joining with provinces and territories to negotiate drug prices through the pan-Canadian pharmaceutical alliance, but we recognize that th

January 28th, 2019House debate

John Oliver

Health  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be here today to participate in the important discussion on prescription drugs. Our government is committed to strengthening health care and supporting the health of Canadians. This includes taking concrete action to improve the affordability, accessi

January 28th, 2019House debate

John Oliver

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, just before I pose my question to the member, this will probably be my last time rising to speak in this chamber. It has been an incredible honour to stand in this place and be part of this history, and be part of the debates in the House. I want to extend a huge tha

December 11th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I want to thank all members tonight for their participation in this take-note debate. There have been some very touching and heartfelt stories. Every one of us is experiencing the impact of opioids on people in our ridings, and all of us have stories of people who have

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I want to thank the hon. member for her very passionate intervention in this take-note debate. A number of the issues she raised she called bragging. This is the government's attempt to deal with and address the issues and concerns she is raising. We are responding to

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I just want to emphasize again that there is a multi-faceted approach that the government is bringing to this problem. In budget 2018, $231 million has been invested, establishing an emergency treatment fund for treatment beds just as the member described; developing a

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I feel that there has been an unwillingness to listen to what the government is doing and what actions have been taken. There is a multi-pillar approach going forward. The member is raising the continued question about treatment and treatment beds. I need to remind him

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, the Government of Canada is very aware of the B.C. lawsuit against the opioid manufacturer. That case is being studied and looked at. At this juncture, I think the government is interested in watching the B.C. government proceed with it. If there is criminal activi

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, I want to be very clear. The government is not looking at legalizing or decriminalizing any illegal drugs. Cannabis has already been addressed in Canada. As I said earlier, decriminalization does not ensure a safe quality supply of drugs. However, we are making much

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, absolutely, we are focused on people who need treatment today, who are experiencing severe health issues, possibly leading to death. We have to take steps to stop the next generation or the next cohort of Canadians from becoming addicted to opioids. As I have menti

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, I thank my hon. colleague for his work on health committee and for the efforts he is making to address this problem in a proactive way. As I said earlier, decriminalization would not ensure a safe drug supply. It means that if one is found with drugs, the individual

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, I thank my hon. colleague for her work on this file. It is a bit rich. For the entire term of the Harper government, the Conservatives did everything they could to suppress and drive down investments and harm reduction in treatment centres. In fact, they made it almo

December 10th, 2018House debate

John Oliver