David Eby Knows Better

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Dear Friend,

Last week BC Attorney General David Eby threw human rights, civil liberties, and evidence under the bus in an attempt to score political points during his leadership campaign. Minister Eby suggested that the state should be able to involuntarily detain and force treatment on people who use drugs who have experienced multiple overdoses. The fact is David Eby knows better.

Read our latest Commentary: David Eby Knows Better.

As a lawyer and former advocate for rights and liberties, Minister Eby knows that such a law would likely violate Charter rights. He also knows that just this Spring, his government abandoned a similar proposal to involuntarily treat youth because of “the trauma associated with holding youth against their will, especially Indigenous youth.”

Health experts know that the evidence does not support Eby’s risky proposal; all evidence is clear that involuntary drug treatment can cause harm – even death - and does not save lives.

Minister Eby said... involuntary care is needed to give people who use drugs a “chance” to survive. He is wrong and he knows it. What is needed is an end to the criminalization of drugs, a safe supply, and culturally safe, accessible, and voluntary treatment services for all.

The BCCLA condemns Minister Eby’s dangerous musings because David Eby Knows Better. We will continue to speak out against risky proposals that violate Charter rights. Thank you for being on our side.

Sincerely,

Meghan McDermott (she/her)
Policy Director

P.S. The BCCLA supports Decriminalization Done Right: A Rights-Based Path for Drug Policy, Canada’s first civil society platform for the decimalization of drugs developed by 21 national organizations and people at the centre of the drug poisoning and overdose crisis.

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