Today Calgary Midnapore MP Jason Kenney called for stronger action to address the fentanyl crisis in Alberta.
Since the beginning of 2015, some 430 Albertans have died from fentanyl overdoses.
“This deadly drug fentanyl is plaguing Western Canada. We need to send a message to the drug pushers who are poisoning Canadians. Fentanyl is tantamount to a death sentence for the user – and the dealers know this,” Kenney said during Question Period in the House of Commons.
“We need action from all levels of government to stop this growing fentanyl crisis. But Alberta’s NDP government seems unwilling to lead the fight, and Liberals MPs just blocked an effort by Conservative MP Len Webber to conduct an urgent study on fentanyl at the Commons Health Committee," Kenney said.
“I call on the federal government to take action by legislating tough mandatory minimum prison sentences for those convicted of trafficking fentanyl and similar deadly drugs,” Kenney remarked. “We also need to see the Liberal government press China and other foreign countries where fentanyl is being produced. The smugglers must be stopped."
In Alberta, the NDP government refused MLA Dr. David Swann’s request to declare a public health state of emergency. According to a recent CBC report, the NDP is “actively collecting data.”