Rogers celebrates Bill C-279, questions government interference and poor public policy

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Health and Community Services Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) asked several questions in the House today.

Rogers started by referencing federal Bill C-279, which passed third reading in Ottawa yesterday. The bill will amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression as grounds of discrimination.

“I ask the Minister, why he is not willing to amend our Human Rights Act to include Gender Identity?” asked Rogers. “What’s the problem?”

Another issue for Rogers today was that her office has been informed they can no longer contact the NL Prescription Drug Program on behalf of constituents. “I ask the Minister, why has she instituted this new policy to interfere with the work I must do as an elected MHA on behalf of my constituents?” asked Rogers.

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Rogers also asked questions on behalf of two people seeking medical assistance. Rosemarie Tulk is being refused a series of injections that will prevent her from going blind. “Mr. Speaker, these treatments are covered in other provinces and by 97% of private insurers,” said Rogers. “I ask the Minister, why can’t government help Rosemarie Tulk?”

Eddie Gillard needs dental work before receiving a life-saving liver transplant. “Why is this required dental work not part of the transplant program?” asked Rogers.

“Government policy and the Minister’s attitude is staggering,” said Rogers. “Government should be embarrassed about these regressive and backwards policies. It is incumbent that government takes care of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

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