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From policing to politics, government’s pot point man says public service is paramount

By Derek Abma      

The former police chief Blair says he already reached the ‘pinnacle’ of his ‘chosen career’ and is not concerned about getting into cabinet.

Liberal MP Bill Blair says July 1, 2018 is a 'good target' for having the new marijuana legislation in effect, but he's more concerned about getting it right than meeting a deadline. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

PARLIAMENT HILL—Bill Blair is still getting used to this whole politics thing. “I confess I’m probably not as politically oriented—and I mean big-P politically oriented—as many of my colleagues,” the Liberal MP for Scarborough Southwest, Ont., said in an interview last week from his office in the Wellington Building in downtown Ottawa. Mr. Blair is, of course, the former Toronto police chief who was recruited by Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) to run for the Liberals in the 2015

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