It’s not quite reefer madness but the closer we get to the legalization of pot the more I think the federal government has been pretty much making it up as it goes along. There are so many questions that need answers. Quebec announced this week that it wants to ban homegrown cannabis, but is that even enforceable? Will we need more cops to regulate this, or maybe a new government agency? Perhaps get some of those language inspectors on the case? They certainly need something to do.
Right now, Jean-Francois Lisee is a desperate man living on borrowed time. As Bob Dylan might sing, “the waters around you have grown… you’d better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone. For the times, they are a changin’.”Lisee is going into this weekend’s PQ convention as a party leader whose job performance has been horrible and he’d better start swimming. He is clearly not the anointed one to lead the separatists to their date with destiny.
Let’s be honest here: our border has become something of a joke. Finally this week the Prime Minister decided to seriously address the growing tide of illegal border crossers. What took so long? It has become a bit of a political pickle for him but if we have a problem, and surely we do, then it could have been mitigated earlier this summer with swift government action. The message needed to be sent out in the strongest possible terms that Canada is not an open bar for asylum seekers.
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Selecting a term
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