But opposition MPs said the budget represented an "assault" on individuals and groups concerned about the pace of energy and natural resource developments...New Democratic Party deputy leader Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, said the government ignored B.C.'s need for rental housing while funnelling mil-lions into resource initiatives. Davies said the government's use of Canada Revenue Agency bureaucrats to intimidate environmental groups is part of a broader effort to silence opposition. "This government is hell-bent on polarizing Canadians. They're giving a green light to their friends on resource projects and gagging everybody else."
OTTAWA — The prospect of Sandoz profiting from a nationwide drug shortage caused by its Canadian subsidiary shows a “shocking” failure of federal leadership, critics charge. “It’s shocking that the very company that caused the immediate crisis is the one that could benefit,” said Libby Davies, the federal NDP health critic. “Patients and Canadians are being held captive, and I just don’t think people will tolerate this.”
The federal government is working to fast-track approvals of alternative supplies of key medications as hospitals across the country cope with an ongoing shortage that is jeopardizing surgeries...Libby Davies, the New Democrat health critic, agrees that the main objective should be to find substitutes for the medicines that are in temporary short supply amid ongoing problems at the factory that manufactures about 90 per cent of Canada's generic injectable drugs. At the same time, Ms. Davies said Thursday, the government must start living up to its commitment to honour an NDP motion that says drug manufacturers will be required to promptly report any planned disruption or discontinuation in production to Health Canada as well as the provinces and territories.
OTTAWA - Canada's health minister says government officials are working around the clock to review applications for 23 medications that could help ease the nationwide drug shortage...The Tories unanimously backed an NDP motion on Wednesday calling on the federal government to adopt an immediate drug-shortage action plan and implement a national strategy in the wake of the current shortage. NDP health critic Libby Davies said she wasn't surprised all parties supported the move. "The pressure had really been building," she said, citing the vast number of Canadians impacted by the shortage.
Pressure continues to mount on federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to take stronger action to solve the burgeoning medication shortage in Canada. Drug shortfalls have been occurring more frequently in the last two to three years, both in Canada and around the world. But recent production cuts by Quebec-based generic pharmaceutical company Sandoz have left even bigger gaps in the drug supply...In Ottawa on Tuesday, NDP health critic Libby Davies accused Aglukkaq in the Commons of failing to take concrete steps to deal with the drug shortage, including making it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to report production shortfalls for specific products. Such reporting is now voluntary, although drug makers increasingly are reporting shortages in their product lines. "The fact is, this minister has refused to stand up and show the leadership that is required on this crisis," Davies told the House.