Pubdate: Tue, 03 Jun 2008
Source: Vancouver Sun (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 The Vancouver Sun
Author: William Clegg


The Harper government's rejection of a safe drug injection facility 
is all about prejudice and small-minded ideology. Its denials that 
Insite is beneficial fly in the face of years of sound scientific 
study that show its services are far more effective than simply 
suggesting, "Don't take drugs." For the government to suggest it has 
no knowledge of the facility's value stands as a clear indication of 
how deeply it has its head in the sand.

The most egregious of the government's statements has to be its 
suggestion that drug treatment centres are a better answer. If so, 
where are they?

Perhaps Stephen Harper and his cohorts need to use the summer recess 
to take a couple of first-year courses in just how democracy works. 
Forcing one's ideological prejudices on a population is the stuff of 
dictators and autocracies.

William Clegg

Gabriola Island
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