Embassy Angered By Tory MP Linking Mexican Visitors To Illegal Drug Trade

Article by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press via CBC News

Embassy angered by Tory MP linking Mexican visitors to illegal drug trade 'Comments based on stereotypes are inaccurate and hurt the dignity of the Mexican people,' says embassy Joan Bryden · The Canadian Press Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu suggested her comments were made "in the passion of making your speech." (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

The Mexican government is taking a Conservative MP to task for implying that many Mexican visitors to Canada are involved in the illegal drug trade.

Sarnia, Ont., MP Marilyn Gladu made the suggestion Wednesday during debate on the Trudeau government’s bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

Her reference to Mexicans came as she was arguing that legalization will actually be a boon for the illicit black market in cannabis — contrary to the government’s contention that it will displace organized crime.

She said legal pot will be more expensive than the “going price” of $7 per gram on the black market. And she slammed the government for allowing individuals to grow up to four marijuana plants per dwelling, arguing that organized crime has increased in Colorado because it allows home-grown weed.

“We can see how profitable organized crime has been there,” she told the House of Commons.

Then Gladu added: “By the way, the government also eliminated the visa requirements for people coming in from Mexico, so lots of experienced people could just move in and take over the whole thing.”

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