Jenny in the House: Tables petitions on urban, rural, northern Indigenous housing strategy & ending opioid crisis

On March 25, 2021, Jenny tabled two petitions: - one initiated by Moms Stop The Harm, calling for federal government action to end overdose deaths and overdose injuries; to immediately collaborate with provinces and territories to develop a comprehensive, pan-Canadian overdose action plan; to ensure that the plan considers reforms that other countries have used, such as legal regulation of drugs to ensure safe, supply, decriminalization for personal use, and changes to flawed drug policy and policing practices; and - one with respect to Indigenous housing, which recognizes that the 2017 National Housing Strategy did not include any specific funding, strategies or policies for urban or rural indigenous housing, even though the mandate letter from the minister specifically outlines such a strategy; and putting forward calls from the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association and its Indigenous Caucus , including for the government to develop a “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” National Housing Centre; to increase the supply of stable, safe, affordable housing by building 73,000 new units of housing for urban, rural and northern Indigenous peoples; to support tenants' well-being and long-term success with wraparound Indigenous services, to accelerate action on Indigenous homelessness, and to focus on northern housing.

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, I am tabling two petitions today.

I am also tabling a petition regarding the opioid crisis. As members know, the opioid crisis is taking the lives of so many. They are preventable deaths, and the petitioners recognize that this crisis needs to be dealt with and the Canadian government needs to declare it a national health emergency.

The petitioners call for action. They call on the government to take steps to end overdose deaths and overdose injuries, and to immediately collaborate with provinces and territories to develop a comprehensive, pan-Canadian overdose action plan. They also want to ensure that the plan considers reforms that other countries have used, such as legal regulation of drugs to ensure safe supply, decriminalization for personal use and changes to the flawed drug policy and policing practices.

We want to ensure this emergency is taken seriously and met with adequate programming and supports. These lives matter. We can end the overdose crisis if we want."

 

https://openparliament.ca/debates/2021/3/25/jenny-kwan-1/

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