Skip to main content Start of content
An email address associated with the Government of Canada or the Parliament of Canada may not be used to create, support, or sign an e-petition.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Subscribe to RSS Feed

e-1586 (Regulation of food and drugs)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by JOHN HEDICAN from COURTENAY, British Columbia, on March 27, 2018, at 5:10 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Decriminalization
Drug use and abuse
Public health
Presented to the House of Commons

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Over 4000 Canadians died in 2017 and over 2,800 in 2016 due to preventable opioid overdose resulting from fentanyl-poisoned sources;
  • The current war on drugs has been costly and grossly ineffective and resulted in widespread stigma towards addiction and against those who use illicit drugs;
  • Regulating to ensure safe sources, with proper measures and bylaws, will reduce the criminal element associated with street drugs; and
  • Problematic substance use is a health issue and is not resolved through criminalizing personal possession and consumption.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Declare the current opioid overdose and fentanyl poisoning crisis a National Public Health Emergency under the Emergencies Act, in order to manage and resource it, with the aim to reduce and eliminate preventable deaths;
2. Reform current drug policy to decriminalize personal possession; and
3. Create with urgency and immediacy a system to provide safe unadulterated access to substances so that people who use substances, experimentally, recreationally, or chronically, are not at imminent risk of overdose due to a contaminated source.
Courtenay—Alberni
NDP
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on December 3, 2018 (Petition No. 421-03032)
Government response tabled on
Open for signature : March 27, 2018, at 5:10 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : July 25, 2018, at 5:10 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
228
British Columbia
2056
Manitoba
42
New Brunswick
17
Newfoundland and Labrador
19
Nova Scotia
39
Nunavut
1
Ontario
481
Prince Edward Island
3
Quebec
102
Saskatchewan
183
Yukon
23
Other Countries
16
Disclaimer regarding e-petitions