Dr. Hedy Fry asks why the government has broken its promise to victims of thalidomide

Hedy Fry In The House
Monday, May 11, 2015

Dr. Hedy Fry asks why the government has broken its promise to victims of thalidomide

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal Party of Canada): 
 
Mr. Speaker, five months ago this House voted unanimously for full compensation to the victims of thalidomide. There were 97 of them. They asked for a $250,000 lump sum and an annual pension of $75,000 to $150,000 depending on disability. To date, they have been given half the lump sum and zero for annual living expenses.
 
Since that broken promise, three victims have died. The minister's answer is she is working hard. Well, people are hurting hard. Will she give them the help they need now?