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View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you to all the witnesses.
Ms. Thompson, my question is a little bit along the same vein. Earlier in your testimony, you were talking about how, under alpha and delta, in terms of the transmission of the virus, there were studies to show that it was less so with those who were vaccinated, but then you said that things changed with omicron.
As we know, omicron became the variant that was probably dominate in and around December and January. Was the interest in keeping the federal vaccine mandates for travel in place from January onwards mostly about trying to get more people vaccinated?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
All right. Thanks, Ms. Thompson.
Unfortunately, we don't have much time, so my question becomes.... It's relatively clear.
At a certain point, it became pretty clear to Canadians and to science around the world that the vaccines did not change whether people could get or transmit the omicron variant. Our Prime Minister has now been infected with the omicron variant for the second time in about six months.
Was our keeping vaccine mandates in place in Canada for federal travel done in order to encourage more people to get vaccinated? A simple yes or no would be great.
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
As a follow-up, was keeping federal mandates and restrictions a way of encouraging more Canadians to get vaccinated—yes or no?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
One of the complicated pieces around all of these vaccine mandates is that there has been so much politicization. A lot of Canadians have lost trust. They don't understand what is different today compared with yesterday in terms of being able to get on a plane. What magically changed so that now, today, it is safe, whereas yesterday it was unsafe?
You have a whole amount of fear. There hasn't been a lot of communication with the general public, who perhaps thought that those mandates were in place for some specific reason. We don't have any answers about metrics for why these mandates were kept in place for as long as they were.
We didn't follow any of our G7 partners. While travel and so much is a global phenomenon, Canada stayed on its own, keeping a very different.... We were out of step with our U.S. partners. We were out of step with our European partners. We were out of step with just about everyone in the world. Now, Canadians who believed that Canada was doing this...they're confused as to how, somehow, it's now safe.
What would you tell those Canadians about why there was an overnight change in these mandates and restrictions?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Ms. Thompson, what data and which experts are you referring to?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you, Minister Bennett, for your testimony here today.
To just carry on along lines similar to the ones you've heard from some of my colleagues, I believe strongly that decriminalizing without having any appropriate access to treatment is akin to putting the cart before the horse. Mr. Johns talked about Portugal. In Portugal, effectively, drugs were still illegal; it just was no longer a felony. There was a very ample treatment space available.
What investments are you making to have more access to treatment in British Columbia, or are you hoping that we end up like Colorado, which has been an abject failure?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Minister. I know that treatment of substance use has definitely been a very large priority in the province I come from, Alberta. There have been large investments in treatment.
When you were making your comments earlier, you said that the reason you picked the 2.5 grams was that it was easier for law enforcement, and that Vancouver had asked to have a different amount, depending on the substance. Did you pick 2.5 grams not necessarily based on medical evidence, but instead based on ability to help law enforcement enforce?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Yes, Minister, I very well understand. Was this a decision that was made based on medical evidence, or was this a decision based on people who are suffering from addictions telling you that they want more drugs?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay, but was this based on medical evidence?
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CPC (AB)
Okay, but is this based on medical evidence or was it based on hearsay and how people are using this?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
I will cede the rest of my time to Mr. Lake.
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
I will just let Ms. Jeffrey answer, if she could, the question from Mr. Vis.
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
I guess the short answer to that, for anyone who is listening at home, is no.
With that I would like to move a motion based on some of what we have heard in our discussions. The motion is as follows:
That the committee request the following documents: Drugs approved in British Columbia under the pilot project exemption and why, and choices of substances to be decriminalized and justification for the choice and its amounts; and that the department provide these documents within 30 days of the approval of this motion.
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Can we have a quick vote on this?
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
I have a point of order, Madam Chair.
I think that getting into the realm of personal attacks is not appropriate. Mr. Julian very clearly said that it was a filibuster from a particular member, and I think that was absolutely inappropriate.
The committee was discussing very important matters. I believe it was in relation to the alleged sexual assault at Hockey Canada, and it is absolutely inappropriate to characterize—
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