Governments have the chance to show that they can regulate controlled substances according to principles of public health and safety rather than by reflecting stigma or trying to maximize revenue generation.
Ministers, such as Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, left, and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, next to him, were quick to say during the legislative process that legalization isn’t an event, but a process. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Repealing close to a century of laws prohibiting the use of cannabis has not been without challenges. That’s no surprise to anyone familiar with the process of developing and implementing public policy.
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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.