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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Gerald Butts has removed himself from the daily political grind of strategizing how to keep the Liberals in power. But observers say it's unlikely he will be consigned to watch the campaign unfold from the sidelines.
SNC-Lavalin risks a takeover if it's convicted. But aside from likely outrage in Quebec, Ottawa can find other builders for its infrastructure plans if the company is banned from bidding on federal contracts, experts say
The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.