“Canadians are well aware of the many unreasonable demands being made by the Trump administration at the NAFTA table. But we now know an astronomical increase in the duty-free exemption for U.S. exports is one of the items on Trump’s wish list.”

“Access to affordable housing is vital to the health and well-being of all Canadians. It is a fundamental human right. And yet too many Canadians continue to struggle with housing insecurity, particularly in British Columbia.”

In the House of Commons, New Democrat MP Don Davies accused the government of backing away from its July target date, “causing confusion and concern.”

“We’re five months away from the Prime Minister’s promised July 1 deadline for cannabis legalization. But now, the Liberal government is backing away from that date – causing confusion and concern.”

Canada’s New Democrats will continue to press the Trudeau government to re-instate stable and predictable funding for these grassroots groups and finally honour its pledge to expand the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada.

“Jagmeet Singh has proposed the only real solution: treat addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one.”

In 2017, a staggering 4000 Canadians died from opioid overdoses – an unprecedented 1400 people in British Columbia alone. This is not an opioid crisis. This is not an overdose crisis. It’s a crisis of social isolation and bad drug policy.

Canada’s New Democrats believe that we should have the strictest and most rigorous plain and standardized packaging requirements for tobacco in the world. Plain packaging has proved to be an effective way to reduce smoking, discourage young people from starting to smoke, and decrease second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke.

“Of the many casualties of criminalization, its impact on suppressing research is one of the worst,” said Mr. Davies, whose party has supported decriminalization of cannabis since the 1970s.

“British Columbia MP Don Davies, who is the NDP health critic, said he’s concerned drug users and people who are meant to benefit from the law don’t know about it.”