Bumped for an update. Please see below. (Note: original post published yesterday evening at 8:00 pm.)
So I guess Canadians put a high value on allowing people to suffer and die needlessly. Conservatives do.
The Conservative government has defeated an effort to reform Canada's Access to Medicines Regime despite support from international medical groups and the drug industry. The bill would have made cheap generic versions of lifesaving drugs available to the world's poor but the government says it would violate Canada's trade obligations.
According to that Globe and Mail report, international legal experts have refuted the claim that the measures in this legislation, a private member's bill designated as C-398, would conflict with our trade obligations.
The only objections to the bill appear to be coming from Conservatives themselves and from Industry Canada officials. It's suggested that the latter don't fully understand how C-398 would work but it seems more likely to me that they've been ordered not to understand it.
Canadian values, ladies and gentlemen. Let the poor and diseased of the world pay full price for their prescription drugs or let them die. That'll teach them!
I just found out that Justin Trudeau was conveniently absent for this vote yesterday evening. He's already following in the footsteps of Michael Ignatieff by disappearing when he's needed most.