CALGARY, AB: Mike Ellis, United Conservative MLA for Calgary-West and Opposition Critic for the Solicitor General, has issued the following statement concerning the skyrocketing crime rates and community impacts of the drug injection site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary:
“The United Conservatives are deeply troubled by a recent report highlight a staggering increase in criminality outside of the Sheldon M. Chumir supervised injection site.
“It is clear from these skyrocketing crime statistics that this site has been poorly handled and improperly managed.
“We know that the first victim of any addiction is always the addict.
“The United Conservative Party is committed to ensuring that those suffering from addiction are given the resources, tools and treatments necessary to help them recover, and most importantly, to help them end their addictions once and for all.
“However, it is unacceptable that a community that was selected to host a supervised consumption site is now becoming a major hot spot for crime. Relevant organizations should immediately be provided the support and assistance they need to address this emerging crisis.
“Furthermore, the United Conservatives firmly believe that any community and stakeholders should be clearly and thoroughly consulted prior to the opening of supervised consumption sites in Alberta. Unfortunately, the NDP have a pattern of establishing these sites without thorough consultation with communities and impacted stakeholders, like businesses in the surrounding area.
“The ongoing situation around the Sheldon Chumir is totally unacceptable. It requires the immediate and full attention of the Minister. Calgarians impacted by this massive increase in crime around the supervised injection site deserve better.”
The report from the Calgary Police Service highlights:
- 276 per cent increase in drug-related police calls
- 47 per cent increase in violent crime
- 63 per cent increase in vehicle crimes
- 45 per cent increase in break-and-enters