Saint John chapter activist Leticia Adair
The Council of Canadians Saint John chapter presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade today. The committee is visiting the Atlantic provinces this week seeking input on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Chapter activists Leticia Adair (who is a registered nurse) and Paul Tippett (who is a family physician) told the committee that the TPP would have negative consequences for public health care and food safety policies in Canada.
Adair highlighted, "Your Committee has been briefed by Health Canada that acknowledged what health economists, academics and activists had been saying for some time: drug costs will rise under pending trade deals like the TPP. ...If the TPP is ratified, many more Canadians will be experiencing these higher costs and these will represent a significant financial burden relative to their income level. And some additional individuals will be faced with the difficult choice between putting food on the table and taking necessary medications."