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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.