Perspectives — September 18 – 20, 2018

The Senate resumed sitting last week, and our strong Conservative team in the Senate took the opportunity to ask the government serious questions.
Marijuana is set to become legal in Canada in less than four weeks. Last spring, the Senate studied the implications of legalization (Bill C-45); major concerns were raised such as the importance of providing law enforcement with the training and tools to keep our streets safe from drug impaired drivers.
But yet, we’ve learned that the Justice Minister recently approved an oral fluid drug screening device that many police forces have not ordered due to concerns over its accuracy in our cold climate, its number of false-negative and false-positive readings, and its high cost.
With legalization approaching quickly, Canadians deserve assurances from the government that there will be effective drug impaired driving detection devices to ensure their safety.
The Trans Mountain pipeline project is another failure on part of the Government. In May, when Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan at a cost of $4.5 billion in taxpayer’s dollars, he said that this would “secure the timely completion of the expansion project.”
Instead, the project is at a standstill. Almost three weeks have passed since the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the approval of the Trans Mountain expansion, and the government has yet to show Canadians a viable plan to get this pipeline built.
The government’s failure on Trans Mountain reflects its mismanagement of our energy sector.