Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
New leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives Doug Ford said on Tuesday that he aims to have cannabis markets government-free, in stark contrast to the current government’s plan to sell and regulate weed.
“I don’t believe in the government sticking their hands in our lives all the time. I believe in letting the market dictate,” he told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning, saying he plans to consult with the PC caucus on the issue.
The status of former PC leader Patrick Brown’s People’s Guarantee that was once the formally accepted platform was largely scrapped when he resigned on Jan. 25, and can no longer be found on the party’s website.
While PC leader, Mr. Brown said he did not disagree with the Liberal Party’s plan to have a LCBO-run stores sell cannabis, but had concerns over “keeping our streets safe and assuring that it’s not in close vicinity to youth.”
Mr. Ford is considered by most analysts as more traditionally social and economically conservative in regards to Ontario politics.
If elected on June 7 as the next premier of Ontario, Ford said he also plans to cut taxes, repeal the province’s sex education curriculum and strongly resist the federally imposed carbon tax coming in 2019.
The former city councilor and brother of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford went more into detail on his platform during the CBC Radio program with host Robyn Bresnahan.
Ford took control of the PC Party after a dramatic leadership race that saw Patrick Brown enter and leave and results that placed him just about 150 points ahead of competitor Christine Elliott.
Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen came third and fourth place, respectively.
More details to follow. Image of Rob Ford’s victory speech from the Toronto Star.