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Bowman to visit Ottawa in search of help with city's meth crisis

Mayor Brian Bowman (John Woods / The Canadian Press files)</p>

Mayor Brian Bowman (John Woods / The Canadian Press files)

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman will travel to Ottawa next week, seeking help in dealing with the Manitoba capital's methamphetamine crisis.

Bowman told reporters Wednesday he’ll be appearing Dec. 11 before the House of Commons standing committee on health, adding he’ll be pushing for support on issues he and other members of the country’s Big City Mayors' Caucus have been pursuing for several years.

At the top of his list, Bowman said, he’ll urge the committee to push the federal Liberal government support the establishment of a national policy on meth and opioids, and tougher measures to stop the flow of meth across the border.

Bowman said officials have told him most of the meth in Canada is made in illicit labs in Mexico, and then smuggled into the country.

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Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman will travel to Ottawa next week, seeking help in dealing with the Manitoba capital's methamphetamine crisis.

Bowman told reporters Wednesday he’ll be appearing Dec. 11 before the House of Commons standing committee on health, adding he’ll be pushing for support on issues he and other members of the country’s Big City Mayors' Caucus have been pursuing for several years.

At the top of his list, Bowman said, he’ll urge the committee to push the federal Liberal government support the establishment of a national policy on meth and opioids, and tougher measures to stop the flow of meth across the border.

Bowman said officials have told him most of the meth in Canada is made in illicit labs in Mexico, and then smuggled into the country.

The Winnipeg mayor said he’ll also talk to committee members about the need for greater support for the homeless, and mental health and addiction issues.

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