June 21st, 2018

Kenney opposes consumption sites

By Lethbridge Herald on March 1, 2018.

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney said he would be opposed to expanding Safe Consumption Sites across the province if elected premier.

“Helping addicts inject poison into their bodies is not a solution to the problem of addiction,” he said bluntly while visiting Lethbridge on Wednesday.

Disagreeing with local Lethbridge government, aid organizations and law enforcement officers who have championed the site, Kenney went on to state he did not feel safe consumption or injection sites work, as evidenced by the spike in opioid overdose deaths in Vancouver despite having a safe injection site in that city for over a decade.

“The 50-plus overdoses (in Lethbridge) in the last couple of days is obviously because a particularly rancid and toxic shipment of synthetic drugs has been brought into the region,” Kenney said.

“The real question isn’t how can we help people poison themselves? The real question is: How the hell are these synthetic, foreign-produced drugs hitting the street in Alberta? Why aren’t we massively increasing funding for the Canada’s Border Service Agency to interdict the importation of deadly drugs from China and elsewhere? And why aren’t we giving the police adequate resources to chase down every source in the criminal to world to find out who is dealing poison on the streets of Lethbridge right now?

“”I think the focus should be on interdiction and law enforcement to keep this stuff off the streets.”

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7 Responses to “Kenney opposes consumption sites”

  1. grinandbearit says:

    This man is a disgrace as a leader. He disses one of the few positive steps to reduce harm from drugs and then trots out an idea from many decades ago that has been tried over and over again without any success. Just pitiful. The UCP is intellectually bankrupt, clearly.
    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results” (attributed to Albert Einstein)

  2. snoutspot4 says:

    Mr. Kenney owes an apology to a long list of people. Utterly disgraceful that he would be so power-hungry that he would deliberately lie to serve his base. Many supporters of the UCP have suggested that we adopt the system of the dictator in the Philippines (i.e., state-sponsored murder) to solve the problem. Many of those same persons have stated that they “know” that addicts are a lost cause. Those persons have certainly echoed Mr. Kenney’s nonsense in the commentary. The lying, the deliberate twisting of facts, and the sheer hatred of persons that Mr. Kenney spews is a sad commentary on a person who wishes to represent all Albertans.

    Perhaps Mr. Kenney should recognize that “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”

    ― Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    • dedcow says:

      I was dumfounded when I read his comments on this. It came down to this: He is either dumber than a rock, and has the compassion of one as well, or he is pandering to the ill informed morons out there that actually believe that this is a matter of Choice” for addicts. If one studies addiction, (As I have being 28 years clean and sober) ALCOHOL is the number one “gateway” drug. People with addictions are pre disposed to seeking artificial alternative states of consciousness partly because of genetics and partly due to social conditions such as poverty, broken homes, abuse etc. Once the addiction takes hold, it becomes an OBSESSION, or’An Idea that is stronger than all other ideas to the contrary” If he indeed does believe that is the solution, which hasn’t worked so far, meaning the “war on drugs” then he is indeed a stupid stupid man. But I am more apt to believe he is pandering to the people out there that have ZERO compassion for their fellow beings. These would be the “conservative base, and most likely the “Christian” Conservative base.

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