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If the Minister won’t reject the Premier’s suggestion that people suffering from addiction chose this path, then she shouldn’t be leading this important file – Jane Thornthwaite (Mental Health and Addictions Critic)

BC Liberal Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Jane Thornthwaite



The NDP Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy has refused to confirm if she agrees with Premier John Horgan who told British Columbians yesterday he thinks addiction starts as a choice.

Premier Horgan’s remark that addiction starts as a choice is one of the more upsetting comments I’ve heard from this government since beginning my role as Critic for Mental Health and Addictions,” said Jane Thornthwaite, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour.

The fact that Minister Darcy did not wholeheartedly reject or apologize for the Premier’s words after being given multiple opportunities, is equally as hurtful.”

June was the deadliest month for drug overdose deaths on record in British Columbia’s history with overdose deaths amounting to roughly 5.8 deaths per day.

For the last three years, I’ve listened to countless stories from families who have lost loved ones to the disease that is addiction.

If the Minister won’t reject the Premier’s suggestion that people suffering from addiction chose this path, then she shouldn’t be leading this important file that, frankly, should be of much greater priority for this government”,

concluded Thornthwaite.

Comments

  1. Give me a break! I've had just about enough virtue signaling as I can stand.

    This so called critic is attempting to score cheap political points but in fact shows her lack of knowledge on anything scientific.

    This just shows that conservatives in BC have no political affinity with the BC Liberals.

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    1. Did you read what Trevor had to say the other day? His comments were certainly knowledgeable, and from the heart

      https://acuriouslookatpoliticsinbc.blogspot.com/2020/07/part-three-getting-to-know-trevor.html

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