Last year, I rose in the House of Commons to inform parliamentarians that Manitoba is facing a methamphetamine crisis.
Since I rose in the House of the Commons, this problem has started to grow in other regions in Canada.
In response to this issue, the Minister of Health invested $150 million in the Emergency Treatment Fund to address the issue of problematic substance use.
I also introduced a motion to the Standing Committee on Health to study meth abuse and in November, we held out first meetings on this study.
So far, we have heard important testimony on this issue from Mayor Brian Bowman, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Winnipeg Police Service, Manitoba Nurses Union, Bear Clan, and Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
Recently, the City of Winnipeg, the Government of Manitoba, and the Government of Canada agreed to form a tripartite task force to address the distribution of illicit drugs and the root causes of our province’s meth crisis.
I will support this task force from a public health perspective where I will bring my medical knowledge and experience in emergency medicine to the table.
I look forward to continue working with my colleagues on the tripartite task force and on the Standing Committee on Health’s important study on meth to develop actions that all levels of government can take to address this crisis.