Pubdate: Thu, 02 Dec 2010
Source: Outlook, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2010 Black Press
Author: John Weston



A story that recently broke concerning an ecstasy lab on Vancouver's 
North Shore highlighted the need for my Private Member's Bill to pass 
the Senate. Bill C-475 would create a new offence that would squarely 
capture the type of unacceptable behaviour conducted by those who create 
ecstasy or crystal meth in our neighbourhood backyards and basements.

My efforts to get the law passed include ongoing discussions with the 
senators in whose hands the Bill now sits, after it received unanimous 
support in the House of Commons on June 9, 2010. We learned recently 
that Larry Campbell, the Liberal senator who championed drug reform as 
former mayor of Vancouver, will lead when discussion of Bill C-475 resumes.

The importance of our bill was highlighted in Ottawa recently by Gil 
Kerlikowske, director of the office of national drug control policy 
under President Obama, at a conference hosted by the Canadian Centre on 
Substance Abuse.

Director Kerlikowske, known as the US "Drug Czar," was making his first 
visit to Canada in his current role.

He emphasized the need for countries, including Canada, the USA, and 
Mexico, to work together.

The audience included representatives of all levels of the Canadian 
government; throughout the evening, we heard references to the need for 
intergovernmental collaboration within countries as well as between 

In that vein, it's a promising sign that 12 First Nations and local 
governments within our riding have endorsed Bill C-475.

Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq has recently come on strong with a 
holistic approach to dealing with substance abuse, childhood obesity, 
nicotine avoidance, and other syndromes related to "healthy choices (and 
unhealthy)" in life.

Collaboration among government officials and a holistic approach for the 
individual are ultimately two excellent ways to put out of business 
people such as those who would set up ecstasy labs in our neighbourhoods 
to ruin our children's lives.

John Weston, MP
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