“My colleagues, the principles of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are the cornerstones of this Assembly. But they are not meaningful when people are struggling to survive or perceive their societies to be rooted in economic injustice.”

“For decades, evidence has been mounting that the ‘war on drugs’ has been a clear failure from a public health perspective. Our party has long understood that substance use disorder isn’t a moral failure and that criminal prohibition and stigmatization have been counter-productive in many ways.”

This legislation proposes to allow the Minister of Health to implement regulations to restrict access to non-tamper-resistant controlled substances or classes of controlled substances.

Don’s statement on April 4, 2017

Don Davies says the Liberal budget proposes to spend a fraction of what even the Conservatives did on the national drug strategy despite crisis.

NDP Health Critic Don Davies today expressed deep disappointment at the Liberal budget’s failure to combat the emergency opioid crisis.

British Columbians struggling with rising prescriptions costs, addictions and home care got little in the Federal Liberal budget released today, said Don Davies

Canada remains the only major country that offers universal health care without a national drug plan.


Don: the government’s claims of constitutional problems are “a smokescreen and no more.”