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Near majority of Canadians back legal pot but it doesn’t look like a vote-getter in 2019: poll

By Marco Vigliotti      

'We certainly see it’s not a vote-getter among Conservatives or NDP, or even Green Party [supporters],' says Campaign Research CEO Eli Yufest.

A haze of marijuana smoke hangs over Parliament Hill on April 20, during the annual celebration of the drug on the Hill's front lawn. A new Campaign Research poll found only 15 per cent of Canadians said they would be more likely to vote Liberal because of the Trudeau government's plan to legalize recreational marijuana, while 25 per cent said it made them less likely to cast a ballot for the party. The Hill Times file photo

Canadians are divided on legalizing recreational marijuana, with nearly half supporting the sale and distribution of the illicit substance, however most say it won’t influence whether they vote Liberal in 2019, according to a new poll.

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Government should be ‘pretty pleased’ with first session of Parliament, but summer will be ‘the calm before the storm,’ say observers

Pundits continue to be split on how much of a role the government should play when it comes to easing the burden of 'red-hot inflation' in the coming months.

Rule change lets MPs charge House up to $36,000 annually for constituency rentals amid office budget pressures

Plus, the Board approved a 10 per cent increase to the Travel Status Expenses Account to help offset the rise in MP secondary residence rental costs in the National Capital Region.

New staffers on board for ministers Fraser, Petitpas Taylor

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Among others, Cib Cabillan is now issues manager to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, and Audrey Léveseque Aubut has joined Official Languages Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor’s parliamentary affairs team.

Charest’s route to Conservative leader ‘very similar to the party’s path to victory,’ says Kheiriddin

News|By Ian Campbell
Strategists and pollsters say the Conservative Party membership is divided into ‘two different audiences,’ meaning persuasion will be difficult and campaigns should focus on bringing out their own vote.

‘Unfair’ to blame lone GAC official as ‘process failure’ led to Russian embassy visit, say analysts, former diplomats

News|By Neil Moss
Before participating in a national day event, there are broad discussions between the protocol office and the geographic unit at Global Affairs before a decision is made to attend, say former diplomats.

Reputation a real risk to justify Emergencies Act, say experts, but opposition decries lack of receipts

News|By Stuart Benson
'The closure of the border during COVID and the blockade of the border during the trucker protests were both warning shots across the bow of the seamless, integrated economy,' says Maryscott Greenwood.

Riding rejig proposes tightening representation around Alberta’s growing cities

Seven provinces now have proposed new maps out for Canadian politics enthusiasts to chew over, including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, B.C., Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

Coming years will bring questions over limits of protest and assembly, says Liberal MP Anandasangaree

News|By Neil Moss
'This question of peaceful assembly is something that we are going to be seeing more and more as we have these really aggressive anti-government protests,' says lawyer Emilie Taman.

‘We will have another situation at some point’: politicians, experts eye fix to ‘disturbing’ security trends

News|By Mike Lapointe
Part of the challenge is that politicians in a democracy don’t want to be seen as having to be protected from the people they serve, says national security expert Christian Leuprecht.
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