Canada: Tories Accuse Ontario Government of Acting Like Big Brother With Ottawa Crack Pipe Program
January 23, 2008
Opposition members of Ontario's Legislative Assembly say the Liberal government is "acting like Big Brother" by approving funds for a crack cocaine pipe program in Ottawa, where officials are on record as opposing it.
In the outreach, kits are distributed to crack users, providing them with heat-resistant glass pipes, filters, condoms, and other means to prevent blood-borne infections such as hepatitis C and HIV. Crack users frequently share pipes despite having cuts on their lips and hands.
"What is fundamentally disturbing here is that the City of Ottawa has found out through back channels that the province was funding a crack pipe program in its city, after the council took a strong philosophical decision against it," said Lisa MacLeod, a Conservative provincial parliament member (MPP) for Nepean-Carleton. "It is the worst kind of social engineering from Toronto in the City of Ottawa that is imaginable. The people of the City of Ottawa should decide the social fabric of their community, not bureaucrats in Toronto."
Premier Dalton McGuinty champions giving Ontario cities more power to decide matters without provincial approval, said MPP Andrea Hayworth, (New Democrat-Hamilton Center). "I think the government is talking out of both sides of its mouth on this one," Hayworth said. "At the first test of having a municipality stand on its own ... all of a sudden it's not good enough anymore."
Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)
1.19.2008; Keith Leslie, Canadian Press
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