Doug Ford Say Wants Free Market for Cannabis in Ontario in CBC Interview Filled with Misinformation

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Doug Ford wants free market for cannabis in Ontario 'I'm open to a free [cannabis] market and I'm going to consult with our caucus,' Ford says CBC News. Doug Ford was elected leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives on the weekend. He spoke to CBC during media rounds Tuesday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Newly elected Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford says he’ll cut taxes and repeal Ontario’s sex education curriculum, and is open to a hands-off approach to cannabis once it’s legalized.

“I don’t believe in the government sticking their hands in our lives all the time. I believe in letting the market dictate,” he told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Tuesday.

The former city councillor won the PC leadership race Saturday following a tumultuous convention sparked by the resignation of Patrick Brown, who left the party earlier this year amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Brown entered the race briefly before bowing out.

In his first week of campaigning, Ford promised to repeal Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum, cut the carbon tax and end provincial taxes for people making $30,000 or less a year.

Here’s more of what he told Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan.

‘I believe in letting the market dictate’

Q: What are your plans for regulation and enforcement for marijuana when it becomes legal? Would you privatize pot stores?

A: We’re going down a path that no one really knows. I have been open to a fair market and letting the markets dictate. I don’t like the government controlling anything no matter what it is…. I’m open to a free market and I’m going to consult with our caucus…. I don’t believe in the government sticking their hands in our lives all the time. I believe in letting the market dictate.

Q: Will you be cutting public service jobs?

A: No, I won’t be… I don’t believe in the word cuts, I believe in efficiencies. We drive efficiencies in the private sector, we will start driving efficiencies in the public sector as well.

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