Liberals rolled the dice on legalization, now we’re paying the price
By Claude CarignanJan. 16, 2019
The feds haven’t done enough to rein in the black market or mount strong public education campaigns.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, seated centre, prepares to testify Feb. 1, 2018 before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on C-46, the now-passed impaired-driving bill introduced alongside cannabis legalization legislation. Author Sen. Claude Carignan is pictured behind Mr. Goodale. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Last October, Canada became the first country after Uruguay to legalize recreational marijuana. To discuss some of the current policy considerations post-marijuana legalization, it is helpful to look back over this last year.
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On top of $301.8-billion in planned spending in the 2019-10 main estimates—combining $299.6-billion in budgetary spending and $2.2-billion in non-budgetary expenses—is another $51.2-billion in statutory expenses.
‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.