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Richmond Centre Electoral District
On February 14, 2017, Alice Wong spoke in the House of Commons on the time allocation motion concerning Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related amendments to other Acts.
The following is a transcript:
Hon. Alice Wong (Richmond Centre, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my colleague’s holistic approach. In the city of Richmond, I already have parents and concerned community people wondering why there is no consultation and their views are not heard. Their representatives’ voice is not heard because the Liberals just shut down the debate.
I have two concerns. First, are the safe consumption sites the only way that can help? Second, how important is it to consult the community?
Ms. Dianne L. Watts:
Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier, I was mayor of a community of 520,000 people for almost a decade, and I know that we need to have the voice of the community participate in everything that we do. If we do not have it, it is doomed to fail. Not everybody is going to support it and not everybody is going to be in opposition, but at least have a conversation about how many schools are in the vicinity, how many day cares are in the vicinity, is it the right location. All of those things were voted down. Having 45 days of consultation but not longer than 90 days was again voted down.
Therefore, we have to have the element of openness and transparency and actually have a conversation about addiction because these are the people in the community. It is their kids, their husbands, wives, or friends and we have to speak to them. We have to have that conversation because we are all in it together.
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