On Monday, as the opioid crisis claims more and more lives every day, NDP MPs called on the Liberal government for a federal declaration of a national public health emergency. New Democrats urged Trudeau’s government to commit significant new dollars and resources to combat what is inarguably a deepening, serious crisis that is affecting Windsor/Essex and every region of the country.

 “Across Canada, too many families are tragically losing parents, siblings, and children to the opioid crisis,” added NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor – Tecumseh). “From downtown neighbourhoods to our most remote areas, no community has been untouched by these highly addictive and dangerous drugs.”

 Research released by the Angus Reid Institute shows that one in eight Canadians – nearly 3.5 million people – have close friends or family members who have become dependent on opioids in the last five years. However, fewer than one in four Canadians believe that the federal government has ‘responded appropriately’ to this issue. Canada’s New Democrats agree.

 “Ten Canadians die every day from opioid-related causes. We need to treat this as the health crisis it is,” said NDP MP Tracey Ramsey (Essex). “It is clear that the vast majority of Canadians support increasing funds and resources to combat this serious crisis. It’s time for the Liberal government to take action.”

 “The Trudeau Liberals claim to be doing everything in their power to address the opioid crisis, and yet, that’s clearly not true,” added NDP MP Brian Masse (Windsor West). “New Democrats have been calling for the declaration of a national public health emergency for over two years. It’s time for the Liberal government to act.”