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Senators expected to lobby peers over controversial pot bill amendments, Social Affairs calling the shots

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The Senate Social Affairs Committee is going to play a key role in deciding whether and how government’s marijuana legislation will be changed in response to criticisms of the controversial bill. And Independent Senate leader Yuen Pau Woo says the close vote on second reading ‘should never have happened.'

Liberal Senator Art Eggleton, left, Ind. Senator Yuen Pau Woo, Independent Senator Tony Dean, and Conservative Senator Larry Smith . The Hill Times file photograph, photographs by Andrew Meade, Steve Gerecke, and photograph courtesy of the office of Tony Dean

The Senate is breaking new ground with a sweeping study of the marijuana legalization Bill C-45, with five committees tackling the legislation that would fulfill a key Liberal campain promise, and Senators are expected to lobby peers on the Senate’s Social Affairs Committee who will decide which amendments to include or leave out of a final report on the bill to the Upper Chamber in late May.

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