Statement on Health Care

Mr. Speaker, every year I hold extensive consultations across my riding to find out what issues constituents are most concerned about. This year, once again, the top priority identified was health care. I heard many ideas about changes needed to improve health care and ensure better use of public dollars.
Quality accessible public health care is a proud part of our Canadian identity. After eight years in power, the Conservatives have failed to strengthen health care. Instead, they've allowed the Health Accord to expire and will cut $36 billion in funding, including $5 billion less in health care transfers to British Columbia over the next 10 years. This is unacceptable and Canadians deserve better.

I'd like thank my constituents who attended my town hall meetings and provided feedback. I heard your concerns loud and clear. An NDP government will work with the provinces and territories to improve long term care, home care and palliative care; we'll expand coverage for prescription drugs; and we'll focus on preventive care and the importance of mental health care.

An NDP government will listen to the needs of Canadians and make health care a priority for all.