Canadian legalization took a huge step forward this week when Canada elected a new and pro-cannabis prime minister. Justin Trudeau has been elected the new prime minister of Canada, ending the nearly decade-long reign from Conservative party member Stephen Harper. Harper has consistently been against marijuana, often stating that it is worse than tobacco and cigarettes. On the flip side, Trudeau has received his share of criticism for his cannabis support.
Pot Prohibition In Canada
According to Trudeau, pot prohibition costs the justice system $500 million a year. Health Minister Rona Ambrose claims that marijuana would be for sale much like how cigarettes are sold, however the new prime minister does not believe corner stores are tough enough on verifying age to be comfortable with that option.
Trudeau wouldn’t commit to a timeline but said that a Liberal government would get to work right away on legalizing and regulating the sale of cannabis. His director of communications Kate Purchase told CBC news: “We haven’t released a time. We want to get the best ideas from various places and construct a Canadian model.”
According to Purchase, they didn’t include tax revenues from marijuana in their financial projections because they didn’t want to pre-suppose revenue.
The new elect also told CBC “The policies we’re putting forward are really focused on how we’re going to grow the economy and give the kind of future to Canadians that they deserve.”
Breaking Up The Choices
The incumbent prime minister Stephen Harper comes from the newly reconstituted conservative party, that results from a merge of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Canadian Alliance. He has been quoted as saying that cannabis is just as harmful as tobacco, something that is simply not true. His term has been so long because Canada does not have a term limit. It wasn’t until recently that Canadians got fed up and decided to make a huge change. Many have been fed up with his politics in multiple areas and this election brings about a much-needed change for the nation.
The future is looking brighter for the country. Newly Elected Prime Minister Trudeau has gone on record saying he will raise taxes on the richest Canadians and will lower them for the middle class. To boost the struggling economy, he says he will spend billions on infrastructure. Combating climate change and reducing national emissions are two other big focuses for his term as well.
Getting Highly Political
For years, Trudeau’s brief stint with marijuana has resulted in political opponents hassling him for something that soon won’t be a crime. Conservatives like Stephen Harper have said that legalizing the drug is a terrible idea due to its normalization in the youth. The data from Colorado and Washington shows that legalization does not lead to increased marijuana use of young adults.
Trudeau’s father was elected as Canada’s prime minister in 1968 and created a buzz with his progressive yet well-balanced politics. Canadians are hoping that young Trudeau follows in his father’s footsteps and moves the country forward in the same way his father did. Trudeau stayed out of the public eye for several years to study English and French literature at McGill University in Montreal before starting his career as a high school teacher in Vancouver. His days in politics started in 2007 when he began a campaign for Parliament in a Montreal elector district. Then in April 2013, he became the liberal leader, 45 years and one week after his father had become victorious in the same position. He will continue to follow in his father’s footsteps right to the doors of the 24 Sussex Drive.