Dan Gardner’s new favourite MP


The NDP’s Bill Siksay, during members’ statements this afternoon.

Mr. Speaker, people all over greater Vancouver are deeply concerned about gang violence. While tough on crime measures always top the list of potential fixes there is a growing realization that drug prohibition policies are making the situation worse.

Alcohol prohibition did not work. Many of the same problems now associated with the drug trade were experienced in the United States during its period of alcohol prohibition. Gang violence that often caught innocent citizens, impure and dangerous alcohol sold in black markets, home stills and underground production, untreated addictions and family dislocation were all serious issues.

It took ending prohibition and implementing alcohol control policies to restore respect for the law and make progress on alcohol related social issues. We must apply what we know to be true. We must move from prohibition to drug control regimes modelled on the experience of alcohol prohibition and control. Bold steps to confront our drug use hypocrisy and end the profitability of illegal drugs will make our communities safer.

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Dan Gardner’s new favourite MP

  1. maybe if he proposes that these “drug” stores be privatized the Conservatives will buy into the concept, I would suggest government run crack-houses are a non-starter with Mr. Harper.

    • I would suggest government run crack-houses are a non-starter with Mr. Harper

      Good one. But do remember Sean, this is The New Mr. Harper. Global warming bad! Fiscal stimulus good! Massive expansion in the size of government? You betcha! Quebec nation? Yes please!

      The man’s ideological flexibility is not to be underestimated.

  2. Opiates for the masses! Stat!

  3. The Conservative party is legal in spite of its disastrous effects, so why not drugs too?

  4. Organized crime grows the weed in Canada and trades it across the border for illegal firearms. Despite billions spent on tackling this problem, it’s obvious by now that the demand for these drugs is not going away. Let’s take away the profit from these gangs and stem the trade of guns for pot. Gun control can’t take the guns out of the hands of criminals but cannabis control can. The Le Dain parliamentary commission recommended that cannabis be removed from the Narcotic Control Act and that provinces implement responsible controls on cultivation and distribution, much like alcohol. This was in 1972. Yet here we are, nearly 40 years later. Nothing has changed.

  5. Since the US seems unwilling to deal with the flood of ‘illegal’ guns coming across the border, might we not do a ‘pakistan’ and send special forces in to get the job done ourselves?
    Ok but seriously, decriminalizing small pot possession seems to be the least we should do; there’s no stomach for legalization of these drugs here and now. But any gun crime, especially possession of a non-registered weapon should result in major time, and everyone who is under investigation of gang crime should be automatically audited, too.

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