STATEMENT by Senator Larry Smith: Minister of Justice Appears before Senate Question Period

September 25th, 2018 – This week, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, appeared before the Senate Question Period. The Senate Conservative Caucus raised critical questions about the impending legalization of marijuana, set for October 17th.
Senator Larry W. Smith, Leader of the Opposition, led with a question on the first and only drug screening equipment for law enforcement.
Many of the largest police forces in Canada have not ordered this device due to concerns over its accuracy in the Canadian cold winter temperature, its high number of false readings, and its cost of about $6,000 per device. There are legitimate worries the inaccuracy of this device could lead to the dismissal of charges.
Last spring, Conservative Senators examined the Government’s proposed marijuana legislation (Bill C-45), raising serious concerns regarding the upcoming implementation process. Committee reports and amendments were brought forward, most of which were disregarded by the Government, as the Liberals were determined to meet their legalization deadline rather than address the multiple concerns and work towards getting it done properly.

Conservative Senators remain concerned about the fast approaching implementation of legalizing marijuana. The government is simply not ready for this consequential change in Canadian society.
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Information (media only) :
Karine Leroux
Office of the Honourable Larry W. Smith
Leader of the Conservative Senate Caucus
(613) 996-7068
Karine.Leroux@sen.parl.gc.ca