Parliament Video: Jenny in the House: The truth is we face 3 crises: the pandemic, the opioid crisis & a national housing crisis

November 26, 2020: MP Jenny Kwan questions Health Minister Patty Hajdu on the Department of Health estimates:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Madam Chair, I will be taking the first five minutes and the member for Edmonton Strathcona will take the remaining 10 minutes.

Dr. Henry stated, “The decriminalization of people who are in possession of drugs for personal use is the next logical and responsible step we must take to keep people alive and connect them to the health and social supports they need.” She is calling for a model similar to the one used in Portugal, which decriminalized drug possession in 2001.

Will the minister follow Dr. Henry's evidence-based medical advice by fully adopting a health approach to drug addiction, and decriminalize simple possession?"

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