Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category


novembre 25, 2015

7 Things Trudeau’s pot legalization must include

We now have a prime minister who has promised to legalize marijuana in Canada. But what will legalization look like? Here’s seven things the cannabis community wants to see happen before we consider prohibition to be truly over.

7. Don’t increase penalties

In some of their campaign literature, the Liberals were promising to create « new, stronger laws, to punish more severely » people who sell cannabis to minors, or to anyone operating outside of their undefined new system.

Considering we already have Harper’s strict mandatory minimums for cannabis offences, we do not need to be punishing anyone « more severely » for anything related to cannabis.

The laws and penalties against selling cannabis to minors should be very similar to those relating to alcohol. The whole legalization system for cannabis should follow the wine model, not some new system that includes even more harsh punishments for cannabis.

The Liberals must reject the idea that they need to add new, harsher cannabis laws to balance out legalization.

6. Allow personal growing

Any model of legalization must include the right to grow some cannabis for personal use. Colorado allows every adult to grow up to six cannabis plants for their own use, or to share with friends and family. That would be a good start for Canadians.

People with a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis should be allowed to grow whatever quantity they need for medical purposes. The Conservatives tried to shut down the current home-garden program for patients, but were stopped by a court injunction. That injunction needs to remain, and be expanded to make it easier for patients to grow their own when needed.

Growing cannabis indoors under lights should be subject to municipal bylaws if it is a complex, multi-light system. But growing a few cannabis plants on your porch or in your backyard should not be subject to any special rules or restrictions.

If home cultivation is not allowed, then cannabis is not truly legalized in Canada. Canadians must have at least as much right to grow their own cannabis as they do to brew their own beer and wine.

5. Allow dispensaries

There are now hundreds of cannabis dispensaries open across Canada, and we can expect a huge rush of them to open over the coming months with the change in government.

The Liberals need to recognize the important role that community-based dispensaries are playing, and to incorporate them into any legal access system.

Most of the needed regulation of dispensaries will happen at the provincial and municipal level. But the federal government needs to frame their legalization legislation in such a way as to allow these dispensaries to become fully legitimate.

Any system of legalization that tries to shut down the existing network of cannabis dispensaries will face strong opposition from Canada’s cannabis community.

4. License more producers

Along with the dispensaries, there needs to be a much larger amount of legal cannabis available. The two dozen currently licensed producers that exist to supply the medical market should be able to enter into the retail market. More importantly, the hundreds of applicants who have been waiting into limbo need to be quickly processed and approved.

Whatever the details of the system, it is important that there is equal access to the cannabis market, and that anyone who meets the quality standards can legally grow and sell cannabis.

Growers who currently supply dispensaries should be able to receive a licence and continue what they do, as long as they meet some minimum safety and quality standards.

Ultimately, the federal government should get out of licensing large-scale production and leave that to the provinces. But whoever the regulating and licensing authority is, the system needs to be fair and equal. Any attempt to limit production to a few major companies or create some kind of monopoly or cartel will be met with resistance, and will ultimately fail.

3. Ditch the medical program

Cannabis is a wonderful medicine with a wide range of therapeutic benefits, but we don’t need a specialized medical cannabis system in Canada. Cannabis extracts should be available as non-prescription drugs for all Canadians to access.

When cannabis or a cannabis extract is prescribed by a doctor then it should be exempt from GST, like other prescription drugs. But we don’t need the current complex system of restricted access for medical patients once all Canadians have access to legal cannabis.

Doctors should become more knowledgeable about cannabis medicines, and legalization should mean that all sorts of new cannabis extracts are readily available for research and medicine. But since cannabis is generally safer than products like aspirin, most cannabis medicines should be sold over the counter, without a need for a prescription.

2. Amnesty for past convictions

Legalization of cannabis must also include an amnesty for past cannabis convictions, so that those criminal records are erased from the system.

All possession convictions should be erased and pardons granted without question. This would be the bare minimum to begin undoing some of the harm that prohibition has caused.

For trafficking and cultivation convictions, there should be a simple process for people to apply to have those criminal records erased as well, as long as no violent or other significant crimes were also committed.

1. Don’t overtax it

There will be a temptation to tax cannabis very heavily, so as to maximize government revenue and limit consumption by keeping the price high. This would be a mistake.

Legal cannabis needs to be cheaper and better than what is currently available, or else no-one is going to buy it. The only way to extinguish the black market is to substantially reduce the price of cannabis.

Like wine or beer, there should be different prices or cannabis, depending on where it is sold. Plants grown at home for personal use should be untaxed. A cannabis brownie for dessert at a fancy restaurant could be considerably more expensive.

Any plan for legalization must not include extremely high or punitive taxes, as the result will be a thriving black market and no real change to the status quo.

If Trudeau’s Liberals stick to these seven principles then legalization will be a success.

But if they try to legalize cannabis in the form of a highly taxed product grown only by big corporations, while banning home gardens and increasing penalties for underground dealers, then legalization will not succeed, and we will still have to keep fighting for a better system.


Source: Huff Post

Dan Larsen, Director, Sensible BC Campaign for Marijuana Reform, Vancouver’s medical cannabis dispensary.


What do you think?




novembre 9, 2015

Originally posted on may 5th 2011.

In the wake of Michael Ignatieff’s sad resignation, names are already being bruited about as to who might succeed him.  These include Dominic Leblanc  from the Maritimes, Ralph Goodale from Saskatchewan, Bob Rae from Toronto and a couple of  back-benchers from British Columbia.  With the possible exception of Rae, none of them are household names.

But there is a household name.  It’s Trudeau, Justin.  He is 40 years old and already has one session of parliament under his belt.  He shares his father’s underpinnings and general liberal philosophy.

If ever the Liberal party needed a bolt of lightning to regenerate what was once boastfully proclaimed « Canada’s natural governing party, it is now.  The only  one who might be able to create the cult of leadership that Canadians so crave is Justin Trudeau.  It will not be the likes of Bob Rae, or Denis Coderre, or Frank McKenna.

Is Justin  Trudeau up to it?  With a  young family, is it worth it?  Does he have what  his father had?  Will he be true to his father’s ideals?

By the time of the next federal election, four years hence, Justin Trudeau will be 44, at the height of his powers?  Should he throw his hat in the ring?

Is it Trudeau’s time?

What do you think?



octobre 21, 2015

Here is a post from Neil on elections

We are now in the home stretch of the Canadian.  We vote two weeks from today.

Do you detect a rising enthusiasm in the electorate as we approach the finish.  I must confess I  don’t.

Consider the debates.  Up there behind the podium were four dark suits, four tasteful ties, four grey beards, four middle-class white men.  No women, no ethnic groups represented.  Our only choice is to put another middle-aged white man in charge of our government.

Wouldn’t a woman candidate or a person of colour shake up that drab picture.

No major issue has emerged during the campaign unless it is Harper’s drive for a majority.

Is our election dull?  Compared to the Americans.

Remember their 2008 campaign.  Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin fighting it out for women, a man of colour emerging as the first black president in the United States.

Or consider the would-be candidates thinking about running for 2012.  Palin again, Michele Bachman, Trump and several others.

Why is there so much colour in American politics, so little in ours?

Is our election dull?

What do you think?

originally posted 18/04/2011


septembre 9, 2015

The other night three of us where spellbound listening to the song  » Harperman  » that is going viral on the internet.

In June of this year, Tony Turner, an Ottawa folksinger recorded a song out of protest against the Conservative government of S. Harper. Along with Ann Downey on bass and the Crowd of Well Wishers choir.


Have you heard it yet?

Have you ever in your life heard of a political song like it?

What’s your opinion?



View the video here:click here


septembre 6, 2015

A new course on sex education is about to be introduced in Quebec’s high schools.

Not long ago, Ontario parents withdrew their kids from the sex education class; apparently Quebec will not allow that.  No exceptions is the word.

Is this democratic?

Is this kind of education necessary in today’s world?

At what age should this course be given to children?

What right should parents have?

Where your parents helpful in this matter for you?

Will the Quebec officials change there position?

Read full article here: click here

What’s your opinion?


septembre 2, 2015

Today in The Montreal Gazette was a interesting article about the Canadian economy, the down points but also some encouraging news of what lies ahead. Here’s a sample of it.

 » With an election campaign underway in which the economy looms large, it’s enough to leave voters scratching their heads about the state of the economy and where it’s heading – let alone wondering who should lead the government that must grapple with it.  »

Originally published in the Ottawa Citizen

Read full article: click here

What’s your opinion?


septembre 1, 2015

 » Harper forgive us, we knew not what you did not know  »

A few days ago, a headline from the Calgary Herald made sensation throughout the country. With the Duffy scandal and the media not letting go, even Harper’s rally people got in to it.  What do you think is going to come out of this?

Read full article: click here

What’s your opinion?


août 30, 2015


Here’s a few words to describe what the new york times said a few days ago about the 2015 election campaign.

 » THE prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has called an election for Oct. 19, but he doesn’t want anyone to talk about it.

He has chosen not to participate in the traditional series of debates on national television…His own campaign events were subject to gag orders until a public outcry forced him to rescind the forced silence of his supporters.  »

Read full article: click here


août 29, 2015

Here’s a preview of the article written by Tristin Hopper,National Post on august 28 2015

 » Unlike most NDPers, he was offered a job with the Conservatives After Mulcair left provincial politics in 2007, he briefly considered an offer to become an environmental adviser to Stephen Harper. Despite Conservative claims that Mulcair turned them down over salary (he wanted $300,000, PMO spokesman Dimitri Soudas told Maclean’s), Mulcair said he turned them down because they refused to support the Kyoto accord.

He sang the praises of Margaret Thatcher « The best way for a government to create wealth is to leave the free market alone and get off the back of businessmen and businesswomen, » Mulcair, as a provincial Liberal, told the Quebec National Assembly in 2001. He praised the former Conservative prime minister for saving « England » from a government that had « gotten its nose into everything. »  »

To read the complete article :


What’s your opinion?

Canadian political post

octobre 15, 2014

Canadian political post: John Diefenbaker recalled
with Colonel Pierre Sévigny, Ted Blackman, Rich Little, Bryce MacKasey, and Egan Chambers

Click below to hear John Diefenbaker discussed on Exchange. In this episode, Neil talks with several significant Canadians: such as Colonel Pierre Sévigny, a war hero who became Associate Defence Minister and who was involved in the Cold War scandal ‘The Munsinger Affair’; Rich Little, the Ottawa-born impressionist who. after success in Canada imitating Diefenbaker and others, went on to fame and citizenship in the USA; Montreal area MPs Egan Chambers and Bryce MacKasey (also the president of Air Canada, and famously was appointed as the ambassador to Portugal by John Turner, which led to Brian Mulroney’s comment about patronage ‘There’s no whore like an old whore’) ; and finally Neil talks to Montreal Gazette associate editor and CJAD sports supremo Ted Blackman.

Click here


Recevez les nouvelles publications par mail.

Rejoignez 99 autres abonnés