I'm getting really tired of MP's that don't seem to understand how the government works? Let's talk briefly about Bill c-213 by @NDP @MPJulian and why it is important to pass in parliament, what it does, and why it is written the way it is.
First what is a "Private Members Bill", this is a bill, brought forward by an individual sitting member of Parliament. In Canada, there are limits on the scope of what the bill can do, and most importantly, such a bill CANNOT contain provisions on spending. This is important.
What does Bill C-213 do? parl.ca/DocumentViewer…
The bill sets a COMMITMENT to pass a seperate bill, that separate bill would be the one to actually enact pharmacare, the bill is written this way because of the above limitations, c-213 can't deal with funds, so, it loopholes this
What does this mean, in more general terms, this bill is a promise that the government will follow through later with a bill to pass pharmacare. The bill linked is written very much like out existing healthcare bill, which is also very important to note
Due to the framing of our constitution, the Federal and Parliamentary governments have different responsibilities, and an important note is that healthcare is under provincial jurisdiction, this is why, although every province has health care, each of them are run differently.
When Canada passed their universal health care bill, it was worded so that provinces that pass their own healthcare system, that meet certain requirements would receive federal funding, to offset some of the costs. This respected the constitutional divides, while still giving $.
The pharmacare bill is the same, it would set aside funding to those provinces that pass a universal pharmacare system that met certain requirements. Which allows the bill to not intrude on provincial mandates, while incentivizing the creation of such systems within the provinces
There has been a lot of issues with MP's, especially @liberal_party MP's who don't seem to understand what the bill is, what provincial jurisdictions are, how our current health care works, which really disturbs me. And raises many questions.
Why is there a lack of understanding on the parliamentary process, and our constitution? Are they genuinely unfamiliar with such a pivotal Bill as the health act, laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-6/p…, understanding this, is what would allow you to understand bill c-213.
Why is it being passed as a private members bill, rather than a formal bill? Well, the @liberal_party has been promising the formal bill for decades, and it has never shown up, so now the @NDP and @MPJulian are forcing a commitment from them, to hold them to account.
Why are they so opposed to this? That is the real question. Why do the @liberal_party government take every opportunity to give promises, while always failing to follow through? How many broken promises is "too much"?

I'll let you decide.

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