Pubdate: Tue, 21 Feb 2017
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Mark Bonokoski
Page: 5


As Sir Walter Scott wrote centuries ago: "Oh, what a tangled web we
weave when first we practice to deceive." It still applies today.
Electoral reform. It was promised by Justin Trudeau as a key campaign
pledge, but then abruptly canned.

This one got hostile. NDP MP Nathan Cullen didn't just accuse Trudeau
of deception, he called him a "liar."

Infrastructure spending. Billions were promised right out of the gate
to jumpstart the economy and create thousands of jobs.

By November of last year, however, after being in power for 12 months,
the Trudeau Liberals had some 860 infrastructure projects receiving
budget approval, but had broken ground on exactly one.

According to Bloomberg News, this abject lack of progress was
confirmed by data on Infrastructure Canada's own website. Not an
auspicious start. Now it's the legalization of marijuana, a cock-up
from the outset that has given an entire new meaning to reefer madness.

It's the Wild West out there.

While entrepreneurs invest millions and put out public offerings on
companies established to legally manufacture marijuana products once
legislation is passed, and go beyond their current medicinal marijuana
mandate, innocent lives are being put at risk as illegal pot
dispensaries pop up across the country like mushrooms in the dark.

It's created dangerous times.

As the Sun's Chris Doucette reported in a major investigation into
street-level marijuana enterprises in Toronto, it has now "become a
showdown between cops and illegal pot shops - with gun-toting bandits
in the middle pulling off weekly heists."

Staff members at those pot dispensaries have even been pistol-whipped
and stabbed during these robberies. Meanwhile, the cop raids on pot
shops continue unabated.

"This is an unusual situation," Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash
told Doucette.

"Despite what people in the industry say, there is no grey area. These
businesses are operating illegally and not paying taxes."

Did no one in the Liberal government think this through?

One can almost feel sorry for former Toronto Police chief Bill Blair
who, in his second life as Liberal MP, has been assigned by Trudeau to
see the legalization of marijuana implemented.

On one hand, he has cops he once commanded coming down hard on the
illegal pot industry, while on the other, he has to face the reality
that Trudeau obviously had no plan.

It was his election promise, and it is now running

Doucette's report punctuates that chaos.

Despite Trudeau's stated intention to move quickly to legislate the
recreational use of marijuana, a nine-person panel struck by Health
Minister Jane Philpott recently recommended the "go-slow" approach and
back off passing legislation to as late as 2019.

Hell, there isn't even a court-worthy drug-impairment device to detect
the level a user is stoned, whether on marijuana or opioids. This is
not good planning. And then, of course, there is how to keep organized
crime out of the game, through tight controls on production and

As Blair put it: "It's not like tomatoes."

At least the Liberals are right about that.
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