David Brake, NDP candidate, Mount Pearl-Southlands

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network posed questions to all parties and candidates in the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador election.

The following is the response provided by David Brake, NDP candidate for Mount Pearl-Southlands:

Question 1: National Pharmacare

If elected, will your government support the implementation of a national pharmacare program that guarantees access to prescription medicines and a plan that goes beyond a formulary that meets the lowest common denominator?

Answer

We have consistently advocated a national pharmacare program.

Question 2:

If elected to government, will you commit to ensuring that women are notified about their breast density as part of their mammogram reports?
If elected to government, will you support a campaign to raise public awareness and improve education on breast density?

Question 3: Second Hand Smoking

Exposure to second-hand smoke is a great health risk for patients with compromised immune systems and health conditions. According to Health Canada, the chemicals inhaled by a smoker through their cigarette makes up the same chemicals inhaled by those exposed to second-hand smoke. The province’s Smoke-Free Environment Act 2005 does not establish perimeter bans around all public buildings to protect residents in multi-unit dwellings by declaring a 100% smoke-free policy in all multi-unit dwellings.
If elected, what steps will your party take to address perimeter bans on second-hand smoke around buildings?
Answer:

I do not know if the party has a position but I would advocate reasonable perimiter bans consistent with best practice.

If elected, what steps will your party take to address drifting smoke in multi-unit buildings?

I do not know if the party has a position but I would personally advocate a 100% smoke-free policy in such buildings.