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Federal Conservative Leadership Debate

/ 97.3 The Eagle

Canada’s growing opioid drug dilemma was among the topics tackled in the latest debate by candidates running to lead the federal Conservative party. Nine of the 14 candidates squared off in Vancouver on Sunday in another “unofficial” debate. British Columbia is ground zero in the opioid crisis, with more than 900 illicit overdose deaths last year alone, and candidates were asked to weigh in on the situation. Ex-immigration minister Chris Alexander accused the Liberal government of failing to take decisive action to deal with the fentanyl crisis. Saskatchewan M-P Brad Trost advocated a three-pronged approach — including more resources for law enforcement and border security, and collaboration with other countries to pinch off drug supply.

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