It’s rich to hear certain MPs patronize the bill’s supporters by suggesting they are well-intentioned but misguided do-gooders.
Every day, people in the so-called global South are suffering and dying from treatable illness because of high medicine prices and limited resources. When we can supply medicines for well under a dollar a day, people are dying because they are too poor to buy their lives. That should be unacceptable to people of conscience, including all MPs and senators in Parliament.
At the United Nations last week, Canada reiterated its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals. But one critical initiative to advance global health is languishing unnecessarily: Parliament could easily fix Canada's Access to Medicines Regime with Bill C-393, which passed Second Reading last December and is currently in limbo before a committee.