Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. In December 2018, an improved impaired driving laws came into effect to make our roads safer and to save lives. Andrew Scheer took to twitter today to critizise the federal government impaired driving law.
Apparently, Scheer’s tweet was based on a tweet by the Department of Justice of Canada which has been corrected simultaneously four days ago. Scheer went all head in his tweet, and didn’t fail to misinform his audience.
“Drunk driving is a horrible crime. But, the Trudeau Liberals have reduced sentences for that crime, and instead seem ready to go after Canadians having a beer at home AFTER driving home from work,” he said.
Arif Virani, the Parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice was quick to correct that with a tweet as well
Andrew Scheer is wrong on impaired driving. He voted against increased max. penalties on impaired drivers, including life in jail for dangerous driving causing death. https://t.co/4vpTDPpg6X
— Arif Virani, MP (@viraniarif) July 9, 2019
Scheer & Ford are Liable
Scheer was barking up the wrong tree when he accused Trudeau of reduced sentence for impaired driving, the fault is with Andrew Scheer. Scheer had voted against increased maximum penalties on impaired drivers, including life in jail for dangerous driving causing death.
While Doug Ford has recently taken steps to loosen the province’s strict control on alcohol sales and make it more readily available in places such as corner stores and tailgate parties, and allowed for producers to make ale as cheap as a dollar with his buck-a-beer campaign.
Dr. Keith Ahamad, an addictions specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, called Ontario’s policies increasing accessibility to alcohol a “perfect storm” when combined with cuts to health-care and social programs.
CIHI data show that in 2017-2018, there were 249 alcohol-related hospitalizations in Canada every day per 100,000 people, up from 241 hospitalizations in 2015-2016.
In a report to the city’s board of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa says the regulations, which include allowing alcohol to be served starting at 9 a.m. and plans to allow the sale of beer and wine in corner stores will “negatively impact public health and safety.”