Article by Niche Canada
It’s becoming clear that despite the overwhelming and unwavering support for cannabis legalization from all corners of our country, Conservative Senators are choosing party lines over the democratic will of the people.
These Senators almost succeeded in defeating the Cannabis Act in March, which would have sent Trudeau’s government back to the drawing board, significantly delaying implementation of legislation to legalize recreational cannabis. But, the bill passed that stage of Senate review and is now being examined by a number of Senate committees.
Within the coming weeks, however, the Senate will once again be voting on whether to approve or defeat the Cannabis Act. This will be a deciding moment for legalization and Canada’s democratic principles.
That’s because the Senate does not traditionally defeat legislation that is being implemented as a result of a campaign promise. Legalization was a key part of Trudeau’s election platform. Therefore, Canadians gave Trudeau the mandate to proceed with legalization when we voted in his government. For unelected Senators to thwart the will of the people would be a huge slap in the face of democracy.
While Conservative Senators keep reiterating that it’s not their job to prop up government legislation, they need to be reminded that they represent Canadians and should respect the will of the people, rather than their party lines.