Masse Tables Petition Calling for Getting Aid to Africa to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Hansard - December 3, 2009

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Madam Speaker, I am honoured to table a petition here again on the issue of AIDS in Africa.
The Canadian Grandmothers for Africa are calling for the House of Commons to immediately set a timetable to meet, by 2015, a 40-year-old promise to contribute 0.7% of our gross national income to development assistance; to contribute its share to the global funds to fight AIDS, TB and malaria with 5% of the funding needed for each of the next five years; and lastly, to make the legislative changes necessary for Canada's access to medicines regime to facilitate the immediate and sustainable flow of low cost, generic medications to developing countries.
As a representative who actually sat on the original hearings on this in 2002, it is very important that the petitioners see justice on this file, because only one application for generic drugs has gotten to Africa and this is a solution that we can have done immediately for these petitioners who have submitted this.