The bill would do what a Liberal-struck expert panel recommended. The Liberals don’t like it.
NDP MP Peter Julian is sponsoring a private member's bill that would establish a Canada Pharmacare Act. MPs will vote on the bill for the first time on Feb. 24. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Liberal government has promised to deliver universal pharmacare, and the opposition New Democrats are giving them a chance to write a pharmacare program into Canadian law.
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MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.