The evening of Sept 21, I joined many others at a fundraising event to help support children in the Congolese community in Manitoba to go to school. This is an invaluable initiative by the community. Leaders in the community recognize that education is the great equalizer and they want to ensure that their children have the best possible chance to get an education and to succeed. This effort was also supported by many members of the Winnipeg Downtown Rotary Club.
Last night at the Notre Dame Recreation Centre in St. Boniface, at an Election Forum on the Meth Crisis in Manitoba, Dougald Lamont spoke eloquently about the severity of the meth epidemic and described the Liberal plan to address it. The Liberal Plan will make sure that there is a single province-wide phone number for people, or friends of people, who need help dealing with meth to call (as there is in Alberta) and that there will be rapid access to a seamless series of steps - stabilization, detoxification, treatment, extended supportive housing etc so that people with meth addiction can be helped well and effectively and so that they can rebuild their lives. The Liberal meth plan will be helped by our approach to mental health (putting psychological therapies under medicare), and to poverty (providing better support). It will also be helped by our vigorous efforts to help young people understand the problems with meth in our education system and to provide alternative positive