Today at 2:30 p.m. (EDT), His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the 42nd session of Parliament. The Throne Speech traditionally outlines the Government’s agenda for the future.
In today’s Speech from the Throne, The Governor General made brief mention of the Liberal Government’s plans to fulfill their promise to legalize cannabis, stating the government intends to “legalize regulate and restrict access to marijuana”. The statement was made in the context of making Canadians safer while protecting rights and freedoms.
“To that end, the Government will introduce legislation that will provide greater support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; that will get handguns and assault weapons off our streets; and that will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana.”
The Governor General also covered topics like tax breaks for the middle class, investments in public infrastructure, electoral and Senate reform, national security, the environment, immigration, the economy and much more.
Trudeau ran on a platform of legalizing cannabis, making mention very early in his campaign. However, since then he and his government have made little to no comment about actual policy specifics. Many cannabis legalization activists had hoped he would at least give some signal as to the direction his government will take, especially in light of recent RCMP raids of various cannabis dispensaries in British Columbia. Even Nanaimo mayor Bill McKay has said the Liberal government need to ‘get off their keister’ and give the provinces and municipalities direction. Several Canadian premiers have expressed support for legalization. The process of legalization is expected to take months or even several years to fully implement.
Today’s speech from the throne was one of the shortest in history. More information from the government on their cannabis policy plan and directed is still expected soon.
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