All Hands on Deck for Pharmacare!

February 16, 2024

Dear members and supporters,

The Council of Canadians are learning from several Parliament sources that the federal Liberals are making decisions on pharmacare by the end of this week. They are making a big outreach push for people to call their MPs and key cabinet ministers as soon as possible

They have set up a call tool, found here and below, to facilitate that. We have 48 hours to tell them we want universal and comprehensive pharmacare, not mixed public-private options, and any help you can offer at this moment goes a long way. Read below for more information.

We’re writing to you from Parliament Hill, where we have just learned that pharmacare legislation could be coming sooner than expected – as early as next week. We also heard disturbing indications the Liberal government could go back on their commitment to a drug plan that covers all Canadians, because they think voters don’t care. So the next couple days are absolutely critical for people like you and me to let the government know that we want universal pharmacare or bust!
Call your MP and target ministers

Together we need to remind key government actors – cabinet members, and a few target MPs – that voters are paying attention, and if they introduce a pharmacare bill tailored to protect Big Pharma’s profits, rather than provide for people, it’s going to hurt them in the next election.

This is an all hands on deck moment — our movements have been fighting to bring coverage for medicines into our public health care system since Medicare was established more than 60 years ago, and your voice is needed, right now, to help get it across the finish line.

Call your MP and target ministers
Having our voices heard now is so important. During our meetings with MPs in Ottawa this week, many told us they haven’t heard from their constituents about pharmacare, and that makes them feel like it’s not a priority issue. In these last few days before the legislation arrives, we need to make sure MPs know that you want to see universal pharmacare, and you expect them to live up to the promises made to deliver it.

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