The Health and Crime issues are Provincial Government and Municipal Government‘s responsibilities. As your Federal representative, I still have been working hard to get more Federal resources back to our riding, which actually helps the mental health, additions, property, and security issues in Winnipeg. The resources we were able to get is $200 million for mental health and $4.2 million for more access to addictions treatment.
- In September 2018, to raise awareness about the violence & drug addiction issues facing Winnipeg, I erected a tipi in Central Park & slept out in the open for a few days. I wanted to see first hand the issues faced by citizens who live in the area and understand possible solutions.
- Afterwards, I worked with Dr Doug Eyolfson MP for Charleswood to provide a substantive House of Commons Health Committee Report on meth & addiction. This had 23 recommendations for the federal government to take action.
- We provided $400 million health funding ($200 million for Manitoba to support initiatives that address mental health & addictions, and the other $200 million for home care). The funding was originally announced back in the 2017 federal budget and pan-Canadian priorities were set in August 2017. But Manitoba was the last province to sign such a deal with the feds.
- We provided the provincial government with $4.2 million for increased access to addiction treatment. Wait times in Alberta are 1 to 3 days with an excellent continuum of care to short, medium and long term treatment. In Manitoba it can be 7 1⁄2 months of waiting for men and 2 1⁄2 times longer for women. We need better long-term supports for addictions. The province can apply for social housing funds from the federal government to support people with addictions.
- I also worked with Mayor Bowman of the City of Winnipeg to provide support to the Conservative provincial government on a meth task force looking for solutions to the meth, addictions & trauma crisis impacting our city.
- The federal government is boosting efforts to suppress gun and gang violence in Manitoba. The new funding is from a five-year $327.6-million federal program aimed at suppressing gun and gang violence. Of that total, $214 million is flowing to provinces and territories and $13 million will be spent in Manitoba. We helped obtain direct funding for the Winnipeg Police Service for gang prevention of $2.3 million from the federal government:
- $1.3 million — will go to the Winnipeg Police Service guns and gangs initiatives, which focus on identification, arrests and dismantling of gangs
- About $700,000 will also be used to develop a new police database that will enhance the collection and dissemination of illicit firearm and gang intelligence, and improve information sharing within the province.
- $172,000 will go to purchase specialized equipment for the Manitoba First Nations Police Service, as well as for gang intelligence and awareness training for other police agencies outside of Winnipeg.
- A further $80,000 will be used to expand community mobilization programs, while other funds will be used to help members get out of gangs and to support specialized training for Crown attorneys in the prosecution of organized crime and firearms offenses.