Bill C-2, also known as the Respect for Communities Act, was first introduced to the House of Commons on October 18, 2013. The bill is the government’s response to the September 2011 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that required the federal Minister of Health to maintain the exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that authorizes the operation of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site.
When the bill was debated by Parliament’s Public Safety and National Security Committee in November 2014, CDPC collaborated with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network to produce a critical analysis of the bill. (Click here to view that brief.)
In addition, CDPC was invited to present directly to the committee, to explain the benefits and proven track record of Insite and supervised consumption services generally.