Let’s talk about trade we don’t want

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - COMMENT -

When the Trudeau Lib­er­als next travel to Bei­jing to take an­other run at a trade agree­ment, they would serve Cana­di­ans well by bring­ing Chi­ne­se­pro­duced fen­tanyl into the equa­tion.”

While Justin Trudeau cosies up to China in a bid to open up trade chan­nels, he claims he won’t miss op­por­tu­ni­ties to bring up the coun­try’s hu­man-rights abuses.

But, what about fen­tanyl com­ing from China?

Canada is in the mid­dle of an opi­oid cri­sis. Health au­thor­i­ties are in a panic, and giv­ing away free nalox­one kits as a stop-gap mea­sure. Recre­ational drug users are be­ing ad­vised to be safe rather than dead, and pack nalox­one anti-over­dose kits in their purses and back­packs.

It doesn’t take much fen­tanyl to kill you. A very small amount will do you in.

Ac­cord­ing to the RCMP, the great­est sup­plier to Canada of il­licit fen­tanyl is China.

Any­thing that can be knocked off is be­ing knocked off by Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­clud­ing fen­tanyl.

While the fi­nal num­bers for 2017 are not yet in, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s spe­cial ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee es­ti­mated 4,000 deaths in Canada re­lated to the opi­oid cri­sis, with fen­tanyl the big­gest killer of all.

One of the best-known fen­tanyl ana­logues on the streets to­day is known as China White, and it is as close as the click of a com­puter mouse.

It’s made in China, dis­guised and pack­aged in China, and de­liv­ered to your door by Canada Post or your pre­ferred courier.

Five hun­dred grams of fen­tanyl, enough to kill off a small town, but small enough to eas­ily con­ceal, has a street value of about $1 mil­lion.

When the Trudeau Lib­er­als next travel to Bei­jing to take an­other run at a trade agree­ment, they would serve Cana­di­ans well by bring­ing Chi­nese-pro­duced fen­tanyl into the equa­tion.

Un­til the Lib­er­als get the Chi­nese on­side, one answer is to mon­i­tor ship­ments com­ing into Canada from China that au­thor­i­ties be­lieve have the po­ten­tial to con­tain drugs.

A full-scale as­sault by the RCMP and our bor­der agency on China-pro­duced fen­tanyl will be costly, but 4,000 deaths a year is too high a price to do­ing noth­ing.

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