Quebec Set to Cut Gambler’s Aid
By Earl
The Quebec government is refocuing its “offensive against substance abuse and pathological gambling” but not by more funding. Junior Health Minister Roger Bertrand says the province’s campaign against gambling addiction will have “an elaborate new framework with an emphasis on prevention.”

“Much has been done in the field over the past few years. It remains to gather all the partners around a long-term and common vision,” Bertrand told the press at the World Forum on Drugs and Dependencies here. Betrand handed out two glossy booklets which he said summarized “years of research, consultation and the synthesis of the best programs available in Quebec and around the world. Quebec already spends $112 million annually on programs to fight substance abuse and problem gambling, -- more than the national average and probably at the top of the pile.”

Sociologist Serge Chevalier, an addiction specialist for the Montreal regional health office, said yesterday Bertrand's plan was “wall to wall. It looks very good on paper, but as always, the question is, How is it going to be when it's operational?”

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