On October 1st, there was a rally at the Manitoba Legislature to again emphasize the importance of acting urgently to help people in Afghanistan, particularly those who are brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces , children, mothers, fathers and cousins of members of Winnipeg's Afghan community. The stories of what is happening in Afghanistan are disturbing. There is an urgent need to help individuals in desperate straits to come to Canada. Ariana Yaftali, Terry Duguid, Karen Gordon, Dougald Lamont and myself were among those who spoke.
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