November 7, 2003 (37th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Allan Rock


Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. Yesterday we took an enormously important step on a matter of humanitarian importance. We introduced legislation as the first developed country to implement this international agreement to make drugs available on an affordable basis to the developing world.
We are committed to that. We are the ones behind it. We want to get it through second reading today and in front of committee to ensure that every group, the NGOs and the drug companies, have their chance to speak to the bill. If it can be improved, it will be improved.
Let there be no doubt about our commitment to this humanitarian bill.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   International Aid
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