May 16, 1978 (30th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Paul Yewchuk

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paul Yewchuk (Athabasca):

Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgency which affects the future of vaccine production in emergency epidemic situations in this country.
In view of the fact that Connaught laboratories supplied the Department of National Health and Welfare with 12 million doses of swine influenza vaccine during the expected countrywide influenza epidemic in 1976, and in view of the fact that the Department of National Health and Welfare now refuses to pay for the final two million doses of influenza serum and is facing a lawsuit by Connaught Laboratories for a claim of $2.5 million, plus interest, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Simcoe North (Mr. Rynard):
That the Minister of National Health and Welfare make a statement on motions to explain why her department refuses to pay Connaught Laboratories for the two million doses of vaccine, and in not doing so has broken a link of mutual trust with a vital source of vaccine and is thereby endangering the lives of Canadians in the event of another national epidemic emergency.

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