Ottawa (September 28, 2017): Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, is extremely disappointed that Liberal and NDP Members of Parliament voted down common sense legislation that would have helped fight BCs tragic opioid crisis.
Bill C-338, which was introduced by Bob Saroya and seconded by Cathy McLeod, would have created stronger penalties for those who traffic dangerous drugs.
“Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government voted down Bill C-338 and took the side of drug dealers and criminals. This Bill would have saved thousands of lives by strengthening sentences of convicted criminals,” said McLeod.
“Canada is in the grips of a deadly fentanyl epidemic. This legislation was about introducing tougher sentences for drug traffickers who exploit the addictions of others for personal profit,” stated McLeod.
There were 488 illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. during the first four months of this year, according to the latest data released by the B.C. Coroners Service. If that pace continues, the number of overdose deaths in B.C. will surpass 1,400 in 2017, a significant increase over the record 935 deaths recorded in last year.
“Across this country, no community, no matter the size, is immune to this epidemic. Something needs to be done to deter drug dealers from selling lethal drugs. This was a missed opportunity for this government to vote for common sense legislation that would have made a difference in the fight to save lives,” concluded McLeod.