Did Bill Blair — Justin Trudeau’s point man on marijuana legislation — violate the prime minister’s own ethical guidelines by attending a fundraiser with cannabis advocates?
“There’s nothing on this from my end, I swear,” said Jon Liedtke — co-owner of downtown Windsor medical marijuana lounge Higher Limits and one of the pro-pot people who shook hands with Blair at the event in question.
A Liberal MP and parliamentary secretary to the justice minister, Blair is head of the federal-provincial task force assigned with developing a framework for legal marijuana in Canada.
A recent Globe and Mail article pointed out that Blair may have broken Trudeau’s Open and Accountable Government rules by speaking with members of the Cannabis Friendly Business Association at the offices of a Toronto law firm on April 28.
Trudeau’s rules state that cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries must avoid the “appearance of preferential access.”
Blair was photographed at the offices of Aird & Berlis LLP — who have advised clients on medical marijuana issues — with Abi Roach of the CFBA and Windsor’s own Liedtke.
The event was a fundraiser for the Liberal Party. Attendance cost $150 per person.