Liberal MP Ron McKinnon outlines Bill C-224, his private member’s bill offering criminal immunity from drug possession charges to anyone who calls emergency services to report an overdose. The exemption would not apply to offences like trafficking or driving while impaired. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act was tabled in the House of Commons in February 2016.
The following witnesses also testify: Conservative MP Todd Doherty; Christine Padaric, whose 17-year-old son Austin died of an overdose; Michael Parkinson (community engagement coordinator, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council); Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s medical officer of health; Trevor Daroux (retired deputy chief, Calgary Police Service); and lawyer Michael Crystal. (February 9, 2017)