Libby speaks out in support of Supreme Court decision on Insite

House of Commons
September 30, 2011

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Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, today, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled in favour of Insite and against years of Conservative interference.

The Supreme Court found that the government arbitrarily infringed on the rights of individuals to receive the treatment and help they so desperately need.

The government has an opportunity here to take off its ideological blinders and support a vital public service that has saved lives and given people hope.

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, although we are disappointed with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision today, we will comply. We believe that the system should be focused on preventing people from becoming drug addicts. A key pillar of the national anti-drug strategy is prevention and treatment for those with drug dependency. As part of our strategy, we have made significant investments to strengthen existing treatment efforts through the treatment action plan. We will be reviewing the court decision.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, that is precisely what Insite does. Since it opened in 2003, in my riding, fatal overdoses have dropped by over a third. More people get treatment as InSite is there to connect people with the services they need. Today, the people who use this service have had their voices heard.

The Supreme Court agrees, health professionals agree, international health experts agree.

Will the Conservatives admit their failed approach and acknowledge that Insite protects public health and saves lives? Will they stop being the barrier to this very important service?