Article by David Brown, Lift
Bill Blair is in Ottawa today and tomorrow, but will be in Western Canada later this week, according to sources close to his office.
Although there is no itinerary as yet established for Secretary Blair’s tour to meet with Canadians to discuss cannabis legalization and regulation, he is expected to spend a few days in Western Canada, likely the Lower Mainland, later in the week to meet with regional media and some small, by-invitation meetings, largely with law enforcement and related officials.
Blair, who was the chief of the Toronto Police Services from 2005-2015 and has worked in law enforcement since the 1970’s, was announced as the head of the government’s cannabis legalization and regulation task force early last year. He is also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould. Wilson-Raybould and Minister of Health, Jane Philpott are the Government’s leads on the legalization ticket.
Bringing law enforcement in Canada on-side with the government’s decision to legalize is an important step in ensuring the transition goes well. Based on Blair’s twitter feed, his stops last week were also largely with smaller groups, mostly from law enforcement.
Although there is little public info to update these groups on, as the Federal Government prepares to present legislation by this spring to legalize and regulate marijuana, maintaining communication with these law enforcement stakeholders will allow for the government to see how these groups’ questions and concerns are evolving through the process.