Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Despite uncertainty brewing in Ottawa and a close call in the Canadian Senate on Thursday, the government’s plan to legalize cannabis by July 1 remains on track.
There were worries the legalization plan would be halted before it became law.
Due to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new policy of only appointing Independent senators since being elected in 2015, the Liberal Party has no means of whipping a vote in favour.
While most of the 43 Independents and 11 senators who still identify as Liberals were in favour of Government Bill C-45, many were spread across the country travelling for committee work.
The uncertainty lay in whether the pro-legalization group would have enough votes to topple the 33 Conservative Party senators who strong oppose the policy.
If voted down, the process would have to be restarted in the House of Commons and legalization would likely not occur by the scheduled Canada Day.
However, the key Trudeau platform item passed with 44 in favour and 29 against.
Now it heads to committee, where discussions will include harsh reviews from Tory senators.
Those in the 105-member Senate are not elected but are appointed and hold their seats until age 75.
The Senate’s purpose is to consider and revise legislation, investigate national issues and give Canadian regions an equal voice in the main legislative body, the House of Commons, according to the Constitution.
More details to follow. Image of the Senate of Canada from The Canada Guide.