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

LIB

David Charles Dingwall

Liberal

Mr. Dave Dingwall (Cape Breton-East Richmond):

Mr. Speaker, I have seven petitions I wish to table this morning.
The first is signed by residents from Chilliwack, British Columbia, the home of the Speaker of this House. Whereas the monopoly granted to innovative pharmaceutical companies will prevent competition from generic companies, will result in an increase in drug costs and prices and will severely restrict the ability of average Canadians to buy necessary prescription drugs, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to withdraw Bill C-22, amendments to the Patent Act.
My second petition is signed by Canadians who reside in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They call upon the Government of Canada to withdraw Bill C-22, amendments to the Patent Act. They believe this Bill will negatively affect senior citizens, the poor and disabled, in the cost of prescription drugs.
My third petition is signed by individuals from the great Province of Saskatchewan, particularly the Lloydminster area, who call upon the Government and particularly the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (Mr. Andre) to withdraw Bill C-22, amendments to the Patent Act, which they believe will negatively affect Canadians regarding the cost of prescription drugs.
The fourth petition is from the Province of Newfoundland. Whereas the monopoly granted to innovative pharmaceutical companies will prevent competition from generic companies, will result in an increase in drug costs and prices and will severely restrict the ability of average Canadians to buy necessary prescription drugs, the petitioners call upon this Parliament and, indeed, the Government to withdraw Bill C-22 which they believe if not withdrawn will result in a substantial increase in the price of prescription drugs.
The fifth petition is signed by individuals from Peterborough, Ontario, Gander, Newfoundland and other parts of the Province of Newfoundland, whereby they call upon the Government of Canada to withdraw Bill C-22, amendments to the Patent Act. They wish this Bill to be taken from the House because they believe if it is passed into law there will be substantial increases in the cost of prescription drugs thereby negatively affecting senior citizens, disabled and the poor.
The sixth petition is signed by a number of individuals in the Province of Ontario, St. Catharines, Willowdale, Dalton and other parts of Ontario. They call upon the Government of Canada to withdraw Bill C-22, amendments to the Patent Act. They believe that if this particular piece of legislation is consummated into law that it will affect very negatively senior citizens, the poor and the disabled in this country as it relates to the escalation in the cost of prescription drugs. They hope that Conservative Members of Parliament will withdraw Bill C-22.
Introduction of Bills
My seventh petition, and in keeping with your wishes, Sir, in summary form, we have individuals who have signed this petition from the great Province of Saskatchewan, particularly the area of Saskatoon. Other individuals have signed from Ottawa and New Brunswick. They call upon the Government of Canada to withdraw Bill C-22, amendments to the Patent Act. They believe that if this Bill is passed into law it will negatively affect senior citizens, the aged and the disabled as it relates to the escalating cost of prescription drugs in Canada. They hope that government Members will see the wishes and the wants of Canadians and withdraw Bill C-22 which they believe will negatively affect the people of Canada.

Topic:   OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED CHANGES TO PATENT ACT
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