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View Gord Johns Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Chair, it's an honour to bring this petition forward on behalf of people from Courtenay—Alberni. They're concerned about the 12,000 deaths of their brothers, sisters, daughters, fathers and other family members who have died due to preventable overdose from fentanyl-poisoned sources. This is timely, Mr. Chair, as the community action team in Port Alberni identified that we've had 10 times as many deaths from opioid poisoning since the COVID outbreak. In fact, in April, in British Columbia alone, we had 117 people die of overdose, Mr. Chair.
They're calling on the government to declare the current opioid overdose and fentanyl poisoning crisis a national public health emergency under the Emergencies Act in order to manage and resource it, with the aim to reduce and eliminate preventable deaths; to reform current drug policy to decriminalize personal possession, which is supported by the B.C. chief medical health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry; and, to create with urgency and immediacy a system to provide safe, unadulterated access to substances so that people who use substances experimentally, recreationally or chronically are not at imminent risk of overdose due to a contaminated source.
Mr. Chair, I would also like to give a shout-out to our chief medical health officer on central Vancouver Island, Dr. Hasselback, who is retiring and has done great work in standing up for people who are suffering from opioid addiction and for the most marginalized.
View Taylor Bachrach Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Chair, many owners of small businesses in northwest B.C. are hurting as a result of the pandemic. It includes those in tourism, retail and the restaurant sector. I am talking about small local businesses, lots of them family-run, and many of them with only one or two employees. There is a real risk that some of these won't survive the pandemic. For some, it's already too late.
Despite the dire outlook, I've seen local business people respond with resilience, resourcefulness and optimism. With the help of local chambers of commerce and groups like Community Futures, they're finding ways to weather the storm. This government needs to have their back. That means fixing the commercial rent relief program, starting with a moratorium on business evictions. It means targeted support for tourism operators. It means keeping programs like the wage subsidy around long enough to help businesses get back on their feet.
Our small towns depend on local businesses, their owners and their employees. We must do more to help them survive.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It has been a year since we were promised a response to the report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but we still have none.
What is taking so long?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
The Prime Minister could be here for indigenous communities by responding to their calls for justice.
Will the Prime Minister put in place a national plan to address violence, as asked for by the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls inquiry's calls for justice?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Will the Prime Minister immediately dramatically change policing in Canada, as asked for by indigenous women and girls?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Why the delay? It's been one year.
Will the government respond without delay to the indigenous communities' calls for justice?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Will the government, will the Prime Minister, immediately ensure there is core funding for health services for the indigenous community, as requested in one of the calls for justice?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
I have a simple question. It has been one year since the calls for justice were put forward. Why is the government delaying response?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
For five weeks, we have been pushing the government to provide assistance to people living with disabilities in Canada and it has still done nothing along those lines. What is the government waiting for?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Throughout this pandemic, Canadians living with a disability have received no extra help, and they need extra help.
Why is the Liberal government, why is the Prime Minister, delaying the provision of that essential help to Canadians living with disabilities?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Chair, it has been five weeks, five weeks since we pushed the government to commit to helping Canadians who are living with disability.
Why is it taking so long to help out those who are among the most vulnerable? Why is the Prime Minister delaying help to those in need?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Chair, the government has certainly moved, after the New Democrats pushed them again and again to help out those in need, to help out those who are struggling. Again we have to push the government. We have to push the Prime Minister to deliver on that promise made in a unanimous consent motion passed in this House. We need again this government to follow through, and not with the pretty words. We need the action.
Canadians living with disabilities need help. When will they get the help?
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I will be sharing my time with the member for New Westminster—Burnaby.
Today, we heard from the Prime Minister again. There have been questions asking the Prime Minister when he will make good on his promises to Canadians, and Canadians have, once again, been told that it is their lot to wait.
Millions of people impacted by COVID-19 have been forgotten by this government, and people with disabilities are now facing new challenges in increased costs just to survive. It's been 12 weeks since this pandemic began, five weeks since this House unanimously passed our motion to act “without delay”.
Why is this government still making people with disabilities wait for the help they so desperately need?
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Mr. Chair, last week and just now, the minister said that, “We are three days away from National AccessAbility Week, the first week after we legislated it in the Accessible Canada Act. I would expect something from our government during that week.”
Has the government been holding back supports for people living with disabilities so they could time an announcement to make a splash?
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Mr. Chair, people living with disabilities are not publicity tools. If the minister denies that this is what they are doing, then what is the excuse for their long delay on their promise?
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