- Opposition B.C. Liberals and B.C. Greens had been asking for the committee for over a year.
- B.C. Premier John Horgan has pledged to assemble a cross-party committee to handle B.C.’s harmful drug situation.
Premier of BC John Horgan to tackle harmful drug situation:
B.C. Premier John Horgan committed on Wednesday to creating an all-party committee in the legislature to manage B.C.’s harmful drug crisis after about a year of rival parties calling for the action.
Horgan’s promise arrives after the B.C. Coroners Service’s statement revealed that the overdose problem was getting more destructive and called on the region to form a safer supply of drugs.
According to the coroner’s service, almost 6,000 British Columbians have died due to harmful drugs since a public health emergency was announced in 2016. Nearly six individuals died every day the previous year from illegal drugs.
The premier said he expected that creating the committee would lead to better cooperation between the ruling B.C. NDP and the opposition B.C. Liberals and B.C. Greens.
“All of us are shocked, all of us are rattled, when we witness 6,000 people, 6,000 lives ruined because of a poisonous drug supply,” he informed the legislature at the end of the question period on Wednesday.
“All of us bear the same feeling here, all of us want to work together, we’ll hit the committee … let’s walk that walk, not only talk that talk.” Horgan’s statement was met with noisy cheers and clapping by the entire house.
It means a standing committee will now be created to investigate the overdose problem after “terms of reference” — information about its size and power — are issued.
The committee can then give suggestions and reports for the government.
Source – cbc.ca