Candice Bergen Hosts Roundtable to Discuss the Growing Crisis of Methamphetamine Use in Portage-Lisgar and Across Canada

Monday, October 29, 2018. On October 26, 2018, Honourable Candice Bergen, House Leader for Canada’s Conservatives and Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, hosted a roundtable to discuss the causes, effects and how to combat the growing crisis of methamphetamine use in southern Manitoba. Attending the meeting were professionals in the law enforcement and health care community and First Nations policing.

While meth addiction has been steadily on the rise across the province, all eyes, including the Liberal Government’s, have focused on another problem: the opioid crisis. Meanwhile the number of methamphetamine users has been quietly increasing in recent months.

“Manitoba is in the grip of a methamphetamine crisis. I called this meeting because it is important to sit down with police officers, health care officials and other agencies affected by the drug to discuss ways that we can work together to fight this growing problem.

Law enforcement and healthcare professionals explained that people who are high on meth can be very dangerous and unpredictable. As well, they are dealing with a different type of distributer as the dealers are often using meth themselves. Meth is an extremely addictive narcotic, so we also discussed ways to combat this addiction and educate the young people who are experimenting with this drug.

I have serious concerns that this Liberal Government is not recognizing the seriousness of meth use in rural Canada. That is why I am looking forward to help facilitate future meetings in the riding early next year to bring together the agencies that are dealing with the impacts of this deadly drug,” stated Bergen.