Harm-reduction advocate Garth Mullins demands B.C. Liberals stop using his name in Sam Sullivan advertisement

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      The host of the Crackdown podcast has called on B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson to kick one of his incumbents off the slate.

      Garth Mullins issued this demand in a letter after Vancouver–False Creek candidate Sam Sullivan inserted one of his quotes without his permission in a video.

      Last summer, Mullins, a member of the Vancouver Network of Drug Users, told the Tyee: "I am not going to stand around an open hole with John Horgan and dig a grave."

      Sullivan inserted this quote into a message criticizing the province for moving "untreated addictions and mental illness" into his constituency.

      Sullivan also slammed the province for allowing a supervised injection site at 1101 Seymour Street, 31 metres from a playground, despite the city's minimum-distance principles.

      Mullins told Wilkinson that the use of his quote "implies that I am against a proposed Overdose Prevention Site at 1101 Seymour".

      In fact, Mullins stated in the letter, he's a drug-user activist and is "well known for my support of this and all other overdose prevention sites".

      "Contrary to what Sullivan's ad implies, I do not support you, your campaign or the BC Liberals," Mullins added. "Your party's policies, in the 16 years you were in power, have directly led to the social problems we are dealing with today.

      "Your party ushered in the housing crisis, kept people on income assistance & disability in miserable poverty, and paved the way for the overdose crisis," he continued. "Now you campaign against the victims of these policies, attempting to whip up fear and stampede voters."

      Moreover, Mullins described this as "an unbelievably crass approach to an issue that is killing thousands of British Columbians".

      Garth Mullins say the B.C. Liberals' use of this quote by him in an ad was unethical.

      You can see Sullivan's entire video below. In the second half, he explains how, as mayor, he created the Interchange Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for research.

      It later became the Crosstown Clinic, which provides low doses of heroin and morphine to people addicted to drugs. According to Sullivan, this has resulted in positive benefits for the users and the community.

      He also states that former B.C. Liberal health minister Terry Lake decided to increase the number of people accessing this service at Crosstown Clinic from 100 to 500, but that decision was cancelled by the NDP after it formed government in 2017.

      Video: Watch the entire Sam Sullivan video here.

       

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