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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Owen slams drug czar's visit

Outgoing Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen is critical of today's visit by John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to a Vacouver Board of Trade luncheon. Owen, who spearheaded the change of Vancouver's drug policy from a law-enforcement to a public-health model, is concerned that Walters's visit to Vancouver may be more than just a fact-finding mission.

Walters is known as a supporter of the American drug policies initiated by the Reagan administration in the 1980's. He is known for being a strong supporter of overseas interdiction activities, and for the use of massive law-enforcement resources on the domestic front. Any emphasis on treatment of drug addiction is an afterthought for Walters.

Owen's concern is that Walters may use his visit to Vancouver as an opportunity to attack the drug reform plan in Vancouver, and the man who will soon be the one shepherding the plan to completion, Mayor-elect Larry Campbell.

Elsewhere, Owen criticized Canadian Alliance MPs James Moore and Randy White's claims that Vancouver was about to open "shooting galleries" as being "outrageous and misleading."
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