MP Doherty Delivers Emotionally Charged Speech in Emergency Debate
MP Todd Doherty’s emotional speech.
Ottawa, ON – “Now is not the time just for talk.”
The words of Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty in response to the suicide crisis in Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario.
An emergency debate was called last night in the House of Commons after there were 11 suicide attempts Saturday night and a further 13 attempts Monday.
Doherty made an emotional plea to the government to provide the resources available to help deal with the crisis (see video).
Afterwards he acknowledged to 250News sub-standard living conditions also exist on reserves in his own riding.
“They absolutely do. It’s in our own backyard and as community members, as Canadians, we have to do better.
“Sometimes partisan politics need to be put aside and members from all political stripes need to come together to find solutions to give every Canadian an equal opportunity to succeed, the resources to lead healthy lives and to prevent unnecessary loss of life.”