On November 27, 2020, I stood in the House to call on the federal government for urgent help for our Van East community:
"The Minister of Health said she has the highest regard for Dr. Patricia Daly, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Mayor Kennedy Stewart.
Why then has the Minister refused to follow their sound advice and decriminalize simple drug possession to help save lives?
In BC alone, 1,386 people have died from an overdose [this year].
Across the country, over 16,000 people have been taken by the war on drugs.
The DTES is under siege with record overdose deaths.
And we now have the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the city.
Our community is also grappling with the largest homeless encampment in the country.
We need urgent help from the Federal government.
Vancouver [City] Council is calling on the government to decriminalize.
The Province wants the Federal government to cost share 50/50 in their aggressive pandemic housing plan to house the homeless.
Housing advocates want the Port to stand down and not pursue civil proceedings against those who acted in solidarity with the people at the homeless encampment at CRAB Park.
I join with them to call on the Federal government to act."