A Canadian federal housing advocate has suggested that drug trafficking be decriminalized in homeless encampments in the name of “dignity.”

Federal Housing Advocate Marie-Josée Houle’s proposal entitled, “Treat Encampment Residents With Dignity And Respect,” encouraged Members of Parliament (MPs) to consider decriminalizing drug trafficking in tent cities, according to an October 25 article by Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Suggestions for government included… decriminalizing drug possession for personal use as well as the sharing or selling of drugs for subsistence to support personal drug use costs as well as the sharing or selling of drugs,” said a report detailing the proposal.

“Today the fundamental right of encampment residents to exist as equal members of society and to live a life with dignity is at stake in Canada,” it continued.

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