April 7, 1987 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Jean-Robert Gauthier (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)


Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier):

Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions certified by the Clerk of Petitions to present this morning, dated March 27, 1987, for the benefit of my colleague who sometimes inquires about these things.
The petitioners exercise their ancient and undoubted right to present a grievance.
Whereas the proposed changes to the Patent Act will affect directly all Canadians who are not protected by private or governmental medicare programs; whereas the federal Government's proposal would raise the already high costs of provincial health care programs; whereas the monopoly granted to innovative pharmaceutical companies will prevent competition from generic companies, will result in an increase of drug costs and prices, and will severely restrict the ability of average Canadians to buy necessary prescription drugs; and whereas the proposed changes to the Patent Act are another example of the Canadian Government's concession in the free trade negotiations with the United States at the expense of everyday Canadians, therefore the undersigned, your petitioners, humbly pray and call upon Parliament to reject these proposals which will increase prescription drug prices for Canadians.
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