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Trudeau, baiting Pence on abortion was an unnecessary, possibly self-destructive thing. This question has been asked and answered by both populaces. He’s not doing himself any favours by making this an issue. The COC have already made their position clear. Little try-hards like Oosterhoff are already hurting the party from within.
Ponyboy needs to account for his own shit, not deflect - like Spaboy on a stuck-rube mission to nowhere.
What does that mean?
If it goes through, it means most prescriptions will be free – the government would work with the provinces and territories to create a system where prescription drug coverage is integrated into the public healthcare system. The recommended start date is 2022. Right now, your prescription meds are either out-of-pocket expenses or covered through work benefits. A national pharmacare system would operate the same way as Canada’s public healthcare system – covered and supported by federal funding but managed by the provinces and territories. A universal prescription drug plan would provide coverage for a national list of prescription drugs, beginning with a small list of “essential medicines.” Canadians spent $34-billion on prescription meds last year. This universal plan would save Canadians $350 per year.
The plan would be phased in, starting with a “carefully chosen list of essential medicines” in 2022.
A comprehensive master list would be in place by 2027, when the $15.3-billion cost kicks in.
The council says centralizing the power to negotiate prices would significantly reduce what Canada spends per capita on prescription drugs, currently among the highest in the world.
The drugs selected would be virtually free for all Canadians, with a co-pay of $2 per prescription (those with low incomes would be exempt).
Opposition: Private plans are on track to cover $19.8-billion come 2027, and those insurers don’t want to lose their existing business. Tory Leader Andrew Scheer is warning that the plan would lead to higher taxes.
Trade-offs: Ditching private options could mean slower access to new drugs, and maybe no access to some drugs if pharma companies choose not to do business. André Picard writes: “Canadians have to know, upfront, that putting their values into practice will come at a cost, monetary and otherwise.” (for subscribers)
The provincial sell: Even if the plan is pursued, the federal government would need to persuade provinces and territories to join. That may require measures like transfer payments and flexibility on when provinces could join.
The election factor: With the Liberals behind the Conservatives in the polls, Campbell Clark says Trudeau and co. have political incentives to embrace the ambitious universal plan. “They would be happy to force Scheer to run against a $2-per-prescription drug plan because it’s too costly,” he writes
I don't think this was a surprise. Trudeau should usurp Scheer's idea to make the pipeline routs a national public utilities infrastructure, for oil and stuff and wires. Maybe a big pipe that you can shoot mail and people through.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the project would create thousands of new middle-class jobs and that he expects the company will begin work during the current construction season. The pipeline decision came less than 24 hours after the Liberals declared a “national climate emergency” that requires deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.
What comes next: While Trudeau said he expects construction will start soon, government officials told The Globe it could take several months for the federally owned company to get the necessary permits and contracts.
Opposition: A coalition of environmentalists, Indigenous groups, trade unionists and civic leaders will be pursuing a fresh legal challenge in a bid to delay and ultimately stop construction. They say that despite a new round of consultations, Ottawa still hasn’t fulfilled its obligations to Indigenous people.
John Ibbitson writes: “Trudeau declared: ‘We are a government that cares deeply about the environment. And we care just as deeply about the economic success of Canadians.’ Whether the Liberals have succeeded in bridging that divide is the question.”