Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
Don Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway, calls out the Senate’s “conflicts of interest and hypocrisy of the highest order” when it comes to the Cannabis Act, and if you believe in speaking truth to power, you will find his Jun. 13 speech in the House of Commons hugely satisfying.
You may even recognize some of the points he brought up as they’ve been mentioned in cannabis-friendly channels like this very website, but it is especially refreshing to see a member of Parliament come down firmly on the side of common sense and have the courage to call out the reckless fear-mongering of some Senators who even after six months of studying the Cannabis Act, appear to have learned little, if anything, about it.
Let’s take a look at some of MP Don Davies’ biggest points.
Questioning the unelected Senate’s legitimacy
He first takes aim at the Senate itself as an institution with both barrels blazing as he opens with,
“As I tuned in to listen to the Senate debate on the Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, I was given the stark reminder of why so many Canadians have so little confidence in that unelected, unaccountable body.
“Certainly, it is legitimately questionable if an institution capable of producing such baseless fear-mongering and ignorance has any legitimacy blocking any legislation passed by an overwhelming majority in this democratically elected House of Commons”.
He also calls out how Trudeau was forced to swear in two new Senators hours before the Senate’s final vote on the Cannabis Act on Jun. 7th, who voted in lockstep with the Liberal government despite not being present for a single minute of debate, testimony, or review of the bill.