Just before the federal NDP party chooses their new leader to replace current leader Thomas Mulcair, candidate Jagmeet Singh makes an announcement that could make or break him.
Singh calls to decriminalize all drugs, including dangerous drugs like opioid, heroin and cocaine.
“This does not sound to me like a criminal justice problem. That sounds to me like a social justice problem and a health-care problem,” he said.
“I would call for the decriminalization of all personal possession offences when it comes to drugs. Period.”
The death toll in Alberta for fentanyl overdoses has risen since 2011 when only 6 deaths were reported.
In 2016 that number jumped to 368 only from fentanyl overdoses causing Alberta to go into crisis mode.
Experts say the sudden cause of Albertas oil crash and layoffs is the main cause for the increase in drug usage.
In 2015 there was 247 fentanyl overdoses causing death at the same time an estimated 100,000 oilfield workers lost their jobs due to low oil prices.
Newly elected liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Alberta NDP premier Rachel Notley caused stress on many Albertans by proposing higher taxes, carbon taxes, and a delay in employment insurance for unemployed workers.
With the next federal election slowly approaching, it’s hard to predict how Alberta feels about Jagmeet Singh, only time will poll when polls start coming out as the campaign continues.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.