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Shameful: Conservatives defeat Bill C-398

Bill C-398 was designed to help improve a law passed in 2004 that was to ensure the poor in the Third-World, primarily Africa, would have better access to anti-AIDS/HIV drugs – in the form of generic drug companies. A version of this was passed last year (but died in the Senate because of the 2011 election being called), and was re-introduced. At the time, 24 Conservatives voted for it. This time, only 7 did.. with many others either not there or decided to switch their vote – no doubt under pressure from the Conservative government (free votes on private member bills are not so free when the Conservative government opposes […]

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