Gabriel STE-MARIE

STE-MARIE, Gabriel

Parliamentary Career

October 19, 2015 -
BQ
  Joliette (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 71)


June 18, 2019

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie

Madam Speaker, the member for Brossard—Saint-Lambert will see. For the first time in years, Quebeckers will be able to rest assured that their interests are being taken into account. In order to do that, we need to wait before voting on the NAFTA implementation bill. There is no hurry.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act
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June 18, 2019

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Durham for his speech.

Today we are debating the new NAFTA. The government announced that it wanted to fast-track it. For the Trans-Pacific Partnership we heard more than 400 witnesses in committee. There are just three days left before the House adjourns for the summer, followed by the election.

Does the member for Durham think this is all a pre-election spectacle by the government to show Canadians that it is resolving the matter of free trade, or is the Prime Minister simply sending a message to President Trump, telling him that he is taking care of it and will see him next week?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act
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June 18, 2019

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie

Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his thoughtful question.

Before I answer, I do not think I made myself clear in my speech, so I wanted to say again that I will be sharing my time with the member for Davenport. The microphone was off, but—

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act
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June 14, 2019

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, that is not a reassuring answer. The minister says that her government is doing everything in its power to lower the price of drugs. The regulations were supposed to come into effect in January, but we are still waiting. The price of drugs is still too high. Those rules would save the public $2.6 billion.

If I understand correctly the underlying message of the minister's response, the government is opting to be a doormat to the pharmaceutical companies.

I am therefore asking the government to confirm that it has done an about-face, that it will never adopt its regulations and we are going—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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June 14, 2019

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, drugs in Canada are more expensive than in most countries around the world. However, that situation should have changed. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board changed its reference pricing list for setting drug prices. The new regulations were supposed to come into effect on January 1 of this year, but the government still has not passed them. That is just wrong. The government caved in to pressure from the big pharma lobby.

Does the government still plan to adopt these regulations and if so, when?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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