Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

MacGregor to host virtual town hall on the Canada Pharmacare Act

NDP MP and Critic for Finance Peter Julian will join the Zoom platform

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor will be hosting a virtual public town hall, Pharmacare for All: A Prescription for Your Wallet, to highlight NDP Critic for Finance, MP Peter Julian’s Canada Pharmacare Act, Bill C-213.

The virtual town hall will be held through the Zoom platform on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6-7 p.m,, and participants can find instructions on how to participate through MP MacGregor’s website. It will also be streamed live on MacGregor’s Facebook page. He’s encouraging all interested constituents to attend for an important discussion on the next evolution of Canada’s health care system.

Across Canada, people are having to make impossible choices every day – cutting pills in half, choosing between paying rent on time or filling their prescription, or going without the drugs they need altogether.

Canada is the only country in the world with universal health care that doesn’t cover medication. Even though experts say we could have better health care, lower costs, and savings for families, Pharmacare has been stalled for years.

MacGregor will be joined by Julian and a possible special guest from the BC Nurses Union to discuss Bill C-213. Julian’s bill, modelled from the Canada Health Act, is groundbreaking new federal legislation, aimed at establishing a universal, single-payer, comprehensive and public Pharmacare plan that will deliver better health care and improve the health and lives of millions of Canadians.

“Liberals have been talking about Pharmacare since the 1990s,” said MacGregor. “Unfortunately, and to this date, their message continues to be ‘hurry up and wait’. Now, more than ever, Canadians need leaders with the courage to stand up to big pharmaceutical and insurance companies and fight for a solution that will make life better for everyday people.”

“Alistair MacGregor has been a strong advocate for universal Pharmacare since he was first elected in Parliament,” added Julian. “I am thrilled he is organizing this virtual town hall on the importance of voting yes on the Canada Pharmacare Act, Bill C-213. Hundreds of Canadians die every year because of the absence of universal Pharmacare. In the midst of this pandemic, it’s time that changed.”

“I am honoured to be hosting my NDP colleague, MP Peter Julian, to bring attention to his Canada Pharmacare Act,” stated MacGregor. “I’m excited to meet with my constituents to hear what they have to say on this issue and ensure their voices are heard in Ottawa.”

During the town hall, constituents are encouraged to share feedback and questions for the town hall panelists.

Constituents can also email questions in advance to All emailed questions must be sent no later than 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.


Online: Pharmacare for All: A Prescription for Your Wallet

Date: Jan. 21, 2021

Time: 6-7 p.m.

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Alistair MacGregor will have Pharmacare on his mind for a Thursday, Jan. 21 virtual town hall. (Photo by Lexi Bainas/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Alistair MacGregor will have Pharmacare on his mind for a Thursday, Jan. 21 virtual town hall. (Photo by Lexi Bainas/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

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