Jenny in the House: Budget 2017: On Opioid Crisis

On April 3, 2017, Jenny addressed the opioid crisis:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, it is rather shocking, looking at budget 2017-18, that with the opioid crisis going on in our communities, the government is refusing to acknowledge it and declare a national health emergency. People in my riding are dying.

The Prime Minister came to Vancouver East, did a photo op, and then he left. Where is the emergency funding for this in budget 2017? There is zero, no money attached to it.

I find it absolutely shocking. Why are we not calling shame on the government? I ask the Liberals members this. When you have overdoses in your ridings, what do you do? Are you calling for your government to put the money where it is needed?

In addition to that, it is not only about the emergency programs that are needed, but the government is actually reducing funding for treatment. How is that possible? How is that real? How is that real change?"

 

https://openparliament.ca/debates/2017/4/3/jenny-kwan-3/

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