Mr. Steven Fletcher (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia, CPC)
Mr. Chair, I would like to mention that the number of Internet pharmacies in Manitoba has actually gone down. The reason for this is because a large portion of the Internet pharmacies are actually going overseas where there is an even greater price differential between the United States and the EU or Australia and New Zealand, for example. The industry is actually in a decline, it could be argued.
I want to get the member's comments on my concerns. One is the issue of provincial jurisdiction and whether the federal government has the ability to do what it is intending to do.
I think we are all in agreement on the ban of bulk exports. We have had that discussion. I have a question for the member, who is also on the health committee, and who voted to have the health committee study the issue and also ban bulk exports. Why does he think the government is taking so long to do anything on the banning of bulk exports? It has had the opportunity to control the agenda of the health committee to study the issue on an expedited basis and it chose not to do so.
I wonder if the member would comment on both the provincial jurisdiction and why the government has not acted on the direction of the health committee.
Subtopic: Cross-Border Drug Sales