Thursday, May 07, 2009

Daily News Pressing Questions May 6, 2009

As part of their Election Coverage, the Daily News is asking questions of the candidates and printing their replies in the Wednesday and Friday editions of the paper.
The following was the "Pressing Question" for Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Does the North Coast or Northwest region need a detox and rehabilitation centre?

Gary Coons—New Democratic Party

Mental health and addiction services are vital to us on the North Coast. Gordon Campbell eliminated the Mental Health Advocate and cut staffing in the Mental Health Division by 70%! A detox and rehabilitation centre is a necessary component to addressing what we know is missing and I will work as hard as possible to make this happen.

The BC NDP will enhance community-based outreach services, will build supportive housing and will increase community mental health and addiction treatment programs. We will improve public accountability and coordination of mental health services by working with consumers, providers, families and communities .

Lisa Girbov -- Green Party

Unfortunately it seems like we do need a detox and rehabilitation centre, but having one wouldn't solve the underlying issues like poverty, alcoholism and homelessness.

We need to go to the root of the problem by reversing the trend towards the greater gap between rich and poor.

We need to build cost effective housing to ensure British Columbians can live in a safe and affordable homes.

We need to solve the problems, not simply find a place for the victims.

Herb Pond – Liberal Party of BC

The Northwest does need facilities and programs aimed at helping individuals and families who are struggling with addictions. Accessible detox and rehabilitation facilities are important parts of a regional strategy.

The "Community to Community Forum" involving leaders from Port Edward, Prince Rupert, Kitkatla, Metlakatla and Lax Kw' alaams declared a detox facility as one their highest priorities.

I was one of the leaders who took part in the forum and I will work within the government to win support for the goals of the "Community to Community Forum". I will work in Victoria with all who can help us succeed.

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