Today, Members of Parliament are expected to vote on Bill C-2, the so-called Respect for Communities Act. This bill attacks the human rights of people who use drugs, impeding their access to life-saving harm reduction services. If it becomes law, Bill C-2 would create an onerous, unreasonable process for health authorities and community agencies seeking to open, or maintain, desperately-needed supervised consumption services, such as Vancouver’s Insite. We have released a statement on behalf of 120 Canadian civil society organizations, to protest Bill C-2.
We strongly oppose Bill C-2 and are asking our elected representatives to reject it. Instead of improving access to evidence-based health services, this bill creates barriers for people who use drugs. Our communities deserve better.
We need you to take action using the following steps – let’s tell our parliamentarians about the dangers of turning Bill C-2 into law:
1. Contact the federal party leaders, the Minister of Health and Health Critics
Tweet, email or call these politicians to let them know why they should oppose Bill C-2 (see the suggested tweets below). You can also direct them to the critical analysis of the bill, An Injection of Reason, put out by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (@aidslaw) and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (@CANdrugpolicy): http://bit.ly/injectionofreason.
Liberal Health Critic
In addition to the politicians mentioned above, send a message to your own MP. Click here to find your MP by typing in your postal code, and then click on their email address to send them your message.
@JustinTrudeau You recently spoke in favour of safe injection sites. If it passes, #BillC2 will obstruct them #drugpolicyfail #cdnpoli
@ThomasMulcair Your MPs have spoken in Parliament in favour of safe injection sites. #BillC2 would obstruct them #drugpolicyfail #cdnpoli
@PMHarper @MinRonaAmbrose Supreme Court said safe injection sites save lives, but your #BillC2 would obstruct them #drugpolicyfail #cdnpoli
2. Share CDPC’s video on politicians’ #DrugPolicyAbuse problem
Encourage Canadians to share the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition’s (@CANdrugpolicy) #DrugPolicyAbuse video (from their #DrugPolicyAbuse campaign)
3. Use #DrugPolicyFail for your conversations
Keep the conversations going on why drug policy is failing in Canada and why Bill C-2 is only making things worse, by using the #drugpolicyfail hashtag (along with #cdnpoli and #BillC2).
Here’s why #Canada is no longer a leader in global drug policy: http://bit.ly/cssdp-cdpc #drugpolicyfail
4. Share these steps with your friends and your networks
We need your help to get the message across Canada about how Bill C-2 undermines the rights of people who use drugs to access life-saving health services.