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Standing Committee on Health  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to stand on behalf of the health committee as the New Democrat critic for health and lay out our party's position on this subject. This motion instructs the Standing Committee on Health to undertake a study on the level of fitness and physical acti

December 11th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Standing Committee on Health  Mr. Speaker, there is no question that action is needed urgently to promote physical activity and to reduce sedentary living in Canada for all citizens, particularly young people. I am wondering if my hon. colleague is aware that the very questions set out in his motion were rece

December 11th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, the number of Canadian lives lost to the opioid epidemic is sobering, staggering and growing. New Democrats have offered five positive proposals to tackle this escalating crisis: declare a national public health emergency, fund overdose prevention sites, invest more

December 11th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I am very surprised to hear that any province or territory in the country would leave federal dollars on the table for treatment. However, I know my hon. colleague is a physician and is committed to an evidence-based and scientific approach to this. I sit on the healt

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I would like to congratulate my hon. colleague from Vancouver East on a well-informed and passionate speech. Unlike many of us in the House, the hon. member has been working in the Downtown Eastside for several decades and was instrumental in establishing the first sup

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, the problem we find ourselves in today is not something that happened in the last few years. It has really taken decades to get here. It has come from a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of addiction over the decades where we treated addiction as if it were a

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for his thoughtful work on health committee. The president of the Canadian Medical Association is calling on Canadian politicians to have an open and courageous debate about decriminalizing opioids in the face of the overdose

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, under our federal legislation it is possible for a community to apply for a supervised injection site, but that takes a lot of paperwork and a lot of time. The New Democrats urged the government when it was first elected to change the Conservative legislation to make

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, I think it is important to state that the number of opioid deaths in Canada has gone up every single year of the Liberal government's term. Either it is not taking effective action or when it says it is doing everything possible, it is clearly not enough. That is why

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, the government is calling overdose prevention sites illegal and is refusing to give any federal money or take an obvious step like declaring a public health emergency and then using that power to declare overdose prevention sites as emergency hospitals, which would a

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, first, I think it is very important that we be very precise in our language. Nobody is calling any particular strategy a silver bullet in this debate and nobody is saying that decriminalization on its own is what is required. All the experts call for decriminalizatio

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, the number of Canadian lives lost to the opioid crisis is staggering, sobering and growing. This crisis is affecting every community and every demographic across Canada. Over 10,000 Canadians have died from overdoses in the last three years alone and the death toll sho

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I would like to talk about current drug policies and what the member might think about the best way forward. I am going to quote from Dr. Patrick Smith, the national CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He said: Criminalizing people who use drugs stigmati

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, the minister repeatedly uses the phrase “public health crisis”, but she studiously avoids calling the opioid epidemic what we in the New Democratic Party call it, which is a public health emergency. On this side of the House, we have repeatedly called, for two years, f

December 10th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Canada Revenue Agency Act  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to stand on behalf of the New Democratic Party of Canada. All my colleagues in our caucus and I offer our support to this important bill. Canada's New Democrats believe that we must make every possible effort to ensure that every Canadian who needs a

December 5th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP