“I’m looking forward to meeting with our neighbouring provinces as we all work together to save the lives of Canadians,” said MLA Ellis. “While Alberta is leading the way by banning the ownership of pill presses, we must collaborate with our neighbours to ensure illicit opioid manufacturers cannot simply obtain pill presses next door.”
MLA Ellis will meet with Christine Tell, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Corrections and Policing, on June 20th. He will also meet with Mike Morris, British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, on June 29th. The details of Bill 205 will be discussed at both meetings. Bill 205 is MLA Ellis’ private member’s bill that implements hefty fines for possessing a pill press without the required permits. It received unanimous support by the Alberta Legislature on May 16th.
“Bill 205 was a great step forward, but we still have a lot of work to do in our fight against opioids,” said MLA Ellis. “These vital conversations with the B.C. and Saskatchewan governments will help keep these deadly drugs off the streets. I will continue to urge the federal government to take action as well and make our fight against opioid drugs a national effort.”