Questioning Minister on Mefloquine

Will the government finally do something right and initiate a study on long-term neurotoxicity of mefloquine?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP) :  

    Mr. Speaker, this afternoon, veterans and their families are gathering on the Hill to demand action on mefloquine, an anti-malaria drug with potentially severe side effects.

    CF members were ordered to take mefloquine as part of a botched drug trial, and the results have been tragic. Both Conservative and Liberal governments have long ignored the calls for an investigation, leaving veterans and their families suffering.

    Will the minister finally do something right and initiate a study to determine the long-term neurotoxicity of mefloquine?


Hon. Seamus O'Regan (Minister of Veterans Affairs, Lib.) :  

    Mr. Speaker, whatever the cause, we support veterans with service-related illnesses and injuries. Every situation is unique. We work with each veteran on his or her individual circumstances.

    The health and well-being of our veterans is our top priority.