Staff | Analysis
Andrew Scheer refused to promise that recreational cannabis would continue to be legal if his party wins the next election, he said on Thursday.
The Conservative Party leader instead said his government would examine the rollout of legal weed and go from there, he told CTV’s Don Martin on Power Play.
Just a reminder: Mr. Scheer and a large chunk of his party voted against legalization in parliament, or abstained. Except for MP Scott Reid who voted for it.
Scheer admitted to smoking cannabis when he was younger. Despite the country electing a majority government with the mandate of legalization, he believes that Canadians might not want it after all.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that legalization has been “broadly supported” by the country. This is probably likely considering that there’s shortages nationally and pot stores are sold out.
For the Conservatives part, their health critic, Marilyn Gladu, wouldn’t confirm whether the Tories would rollback legalization but dismissed answering CTV News directly and focused on public safety and health.
For many, this may clarify their vote.
More details to follow.