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Steven Blaney will not stand by quietly while a Liberal tries to create jobs through legal means

The Public Safety Minister has something to say


 

As the Ottawa Citizen notes, the office of Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney sent out the following statement to the press gallery on Friday, apparently in some kind of regard to news reports that an individual associated with the Liberal Party of Canada—Chuck Rifici is a member of the party’s board of directors—is hoping to receive the approval of Health Canada to open a medical marijuana facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Please find below a statement from the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Yesterday we learned that Justin Trudeau’s Chief Financial Officer and senior Liberal advisor Chuck Rifici has plans to open a massive, medicinal marijuana operation in rural Ontario, while the Liberal Leader champions marijuana legalization. Minister Blaney issued the following statement on Justin Trudeau’s top priority:

Statement

“Under Stephen Harper’s strong leadership, Canada has added more than one million net new jobs since the recession.

“Meanwhile, with absolutely no economic policy, Justin Trudeau’s highest priority remains legalizing marijuana.”

“While the Liberals continue to push for policies that would make marijuana more accessible to children, we’ve been focused on what matters most to Canadians – the economy.

“Our plan is to create more jobs – their plan is to push pot.”

“Canadians deserve to know why Justin Trudeau wants to make it easier for children to access drugs it in their communities.”

So the priority here should be jobs.

Thing is, Smiths Falls has been without a lot of jobs since the town’s Hershey factory closed down. And the town’s mayor apparently welcomes the news that someone might want to convert that facility into something productive.

Staples said the plant would be welcomed because it would bring 20 full-time jobs if and when it launches, eventually growing to over 100 full-time positions.

“It’s going to happen somewhere in Canada, our community of Smiths Falls — population 9,000 — have lost 1,700 jobs in the last five or six years,” he said. “Our doors are open to try and attract new investment and more fundamentally, recreate and re-establish some of the jobs that have been lost here.”

The Harper government introduced new regulations for medical marijuana in June—it has already licensed one supplier—and it is projected to create a $1.3-billion industry.

I asked Mr. Blaney’s office if he opposes the legality of medical marijuana or the facility in Smiths Fall and, if not, why the proposed project in Smith Falls. In response, I was told “the statement speaks for itself.” So maybe Mr. Blaney’s concern here is that if marijuana is legalized, smaller suppliers of medical marijuana will be put out of business by larger companies and Smiths Falls will then once again be deprived of jobs.

We can only hope that one day Mr. Blaney and Mr. Trudeau will run into each other in a grocery store in Manitoba and debate this for the cameras.


 

Steven Blaney will not stand by quietly while a Liberal tries to create jobs through legal means

  1. If the statement speaks for itself, could the statement hold a press conference to explain the remarks it gave to Mr.Blaney?

  2. attack, attack, mislead, that is the party line and Blaney is sticking to it.

    • Plus don’t forget the word-of-the-day: “economy”

      We play a drinking game: every time a Conservative spokesbot — I mean Minister — says “prosperity”, “economy”, or “jobs” take a shot. If they say “economic prosperity” take 2.

      You can get shnockered during a single 10-minute segment on The House!

  3. “Canadians deserve to know why Justin Trudeau wants to make it easier for children to access drugs it in their communities.”

    Could the minister tell us exactly how it will be easier for children to get pot[ note they say drugs, no accident methinks] from a regulated retailer then off the street. How is JT proposing to actually push[ all the loaded words eh] pot? Will he personally set up a little booth outside pushing pot candies, or pot cookies?

    God these cons are so scummy. Attack the man first and last always. This will backfire, guaranteed.

    • This will backfire, guaranteed? It’s got them elected three times so far and, every time, it has worked wonderfully…

      It will work again, until those that disagree do something about it (like, vote).

      • It will backfire in the sense it will not stick to JT. Agree, it will still need people to toddle of to the polls and say so, not just think it.

    • If you increase the availability of pot, it’s obviously going to be easier for children to get pot. It’s not rocket science. I know Liberals seem to think that the criminal underclass will simply close up shop if the government legalizes marijuana, but it won’t.

      If your main policy is to make pot more accessible, then it’s pretty clear that you’re pushing pot. If one of your senior advisers is setting up a company that sells pot, and that becomes a major policy plank, it’s pretty clear that you’re pushing pot.

      As for the “attack”, how is this a personal attack? It’s clearly criticizing LPC policy of making drugs more accessible. What’s “personal” about that? Why do you Liberals cringe every single time that someone criticizes Trudeau, is the guy so weak-knee’d that he can’t handle the heat? It’s really getting funny watching how weak this trust fund baby is. Maybe some time in the real world would have helped him deal with criticism, instead of just being told his entire life how special and perfect he was.

      • Everything seems to be rocket science to people like you Ricky.
        Of course it’s a personal attack when you explicitly claim JT wants to push drugs to kids…not his policies, but him. Please don’t tell me that’s a slip.
        Just when i thought you couldn’t get any moronic, sure enough, you do.
        How on earth is legalizing pot[ regulating it at the retail and production end, going to make it easier to for children to get it then it already is? Pushers don’t respect age restrictions you know. As for of age siblings sharing – that is a worry. But it’s still a worry now when it is illegal. At some point parental responsibility has to kick in.

      • Children on pot? What children? and even if children, there are kids using cannabis based tinctures with guidance of parents to safely and effectively to treat medical illness… … and legalizing is creating an acceptable Age restriction… go back into your cave.

  4. “Prairie Plant Systems and CanniMed of Saskatchewan are the first and only two authorized licensed producers of medical marijuana in Canada, as of this Monday.”

    All i can say is there had better not be any ties between these ventures and Conservative parties, feds or provincial.

    • Seems to be the same company. PPS was the one contracted to grow up in Flinflon (sp?) – CanniMed is a subsidiary of it. I wonder what the chances are of anybody else getting in on this, at this point?

      • I just read the Birth of a Billion $ Industry and this statement from Blaney today is even stranger than it originally appeared.

  5. I wonder how the federal Member of Parliament for Smith Falls, the inestimable Scott Reid (CPC), feels about his own party trying to kill jobs in his riding. Hard to win an election with friends like that.

    • Does it say anywhere in the statement that the grow op shouldn’t go forward? No, it doesn’t.

      It’s simply criticizing the fact that Trudeau’s main policy plank is legalizing marijuana, and that while the CPC’s policies have lead to the creation of tens of thousands of jobs, Trudeau’s main policy plank will result in the creation of 20 jobs.

      Do you see the difference there? Can you actually read and comprehend the statement above?

      • Better have Blaney explain that cute little distinction to the people whose riding might benefit from the creation of these specific jobs. The 20 jobs in question are more real than the abstract ones he and his ilk are endlessly yapping about in their self-serving EAP propaganda.

  6. The Hershey factory in Smiths Falls closed down? Bummer! That was a great place to visit, not to mention the fact that Hershey chocolate is good. Poor Smiths Falls, what a crummy thing to happen.

  7. So Blaney starts with:
    “Under Stephen Harper’s strong leadership, Canada has added more than one million net new jobs since the recession.

    “Meanwhile, with absolutely no economic policy, Justin Trudeau’s highest priority remains legalizing marijuana.”

    “While the Liberals continue to push for policies that would make marijuana more accessible to children, we’ve been focused on what matters most to Canadians – the economy.

    “Our plan is to create more jobs – their plan is to push pot.”

    “Canadians deserve to know why Justin Trudeau wants to make it easier for children to access drugs it in their communities.”

    And then the article ends with:

    “The Harper government introduced new regulations for medical marijuana in June—it has already licensed one supplier—and it is projected to create a $1.3-billion industry.”
    So Harper has already Licensed a supplier, introduced the current regulations and projects it will be a $1.3 billion industry – but Trudeau is the drug dealer that’s trying to push pot on kids!?

    Sounds like Trudeau is about to take your corner boys!! And that’s the real problem here, Trudeau has found away to produce pot that would benefit other Canadians – I am interested to know who Harpers supplier is? and how much the Harper government is making on that contract?

    • You don’t understand the difference between using marijuana for medical reason, and using it for purely recreational purposes?

      And why is it a good thing that the government makes money from selling pot? Should the government also legalize heroin, cocaine, prostitution, theft, as long as it’s making money for the government?

      Just what we need, a government that runs itself like a criminal organization. Brilliant!

      • And clearly you don’t understand what I wrote! I suggest you re-read my comment without your I <3 Harper glasses on!!

        First of all, and most importantly – WE ALREADY HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT RUNS ITSELF LIKE A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION!! and if you didn't realize that, then "Brilliant" is not a term I will use for you!

        2nd – My point above is, how can Blaney say that opening a supplier in Smiths Falls = Trudeau pushing pot on kids? or that it makes it any easier for them to access because the supplier is in Smith Falls?
        And yes that is the point he was making.

        Meanwhile Blaney was kind enough to outline the fact that Harper has already secured a supplier and acknowledges the potential industry and economic value.

        Blaney's statement:
        "The Harper government introduced new regulations for medical marijuana in June—it has already licensed one supplier—and it is projected to create a $1.3-billion industry"

        ^^so if the above is true and Harper is already making 1.3 billion on the industry, why would Trudeau opening a supplier is Smith Falls mean he's trying to push pot on kids? Anymore then Harper already is?

        So my question still remains – why is it more legit and not considered "pushing pot on kids" when Harper does it?

        Bottom line is – that was just a cheap shot at Trudeau, which made no sense since the only one setting up suppliers is Harper. And If Harper is expecting it to be worth $1.3 billion, then ya I think he's more worried about Trudeau taking over his 'corner' so to speak – I obviously mean this as a metaphor, and not that I actually want a government that sells drugs on a corner.
        Also who is Harpers Supplier? I'm sure I can find out if I look but since you've got it all figured out – why don't you explain what make his supplier better then any other idea? And less of a risk to kids then Trudeau's idea?

        I also never said it's a good thing for the government to make money on pot! However Harper is making money on it and I would like to know how much exactly? and where is that money going? that was my question.

        The more I respond to your foolish reply, the more convinced I am that you can't read!

        I am not a Trudeau supporter – But I am certainly not a HARPER supporter – what 100,000,000 jobs has harper created? Maybe if you count all of the criminals he's appointed to government positions! – and how would you know that Trudeau will bring 20 jobs? He's not in power yet, how can we determine what jobs he will create – Oh wait I get it, the Harper government told you that's what Trudeau will do!! Well must be true then, because they have never proven themselves to be liars!!

        Your interpretation and response to my comment made no sense – Congrats!! spoken like a true CONservative!!

      • And clearly you don’t understand what I wrote! I suggest you re-read my comment without your I Love Harper glasses on!!

        First of all, and most importantly – WE ALREADY HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT RUNS ITSELF LIKE A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION!! and if you didn’t realize that, then “Brilliant” is not a term I will use for you!

        2nd – My point above is, how can Blaney say that Trudeau wanting to open a supplier in Smiths Falls = Trudeau pushing pot on kids? or that it makes it any easier for them to access because the supplier is in Smith Falls?

        And yes that is the point he was making, because he’s trying to convince Canadians that Trudeau’s only priority is to make drugs more accessible to children not the economy.

        Meanwhile Blaney was kind enough to outline the fact that Harper has already secured a supplier and acknowledges the potential industry and economic value.

        Blaney’s statement:
        “The Harper government introduced new regulations for medical marijuana in June—it has already licensed one supplier—and it is projected to create a $1.3-billion industry”

        ^^so if the above is true and Harper is already making 1.3 billion on the industry, why would Trudeau opening a supplier is Smith Falls mean he’s trying to push pot on kids? Anymore then Harper already is?

        So my question still remains – why is it more legit and not considered “pushing pot on kids” when Harper does it?

        Bottom line is – that was just a cheap shot at Trudeau, which made no sense since the only one setting up suppliers is Harper. And If Harper is expecting it to be worth $1.3 billion, then ya I think he’s more worried about Trudeau taking over his ‘corner’ so to speak – I obviously meant that as a metaphor in my previous comment, and not that I actually want a government that sells drugs on a corner.

        Also who is Harpers Supplier? I’m sure I can find out if I look but since you’ve got it all figured out – why don’t you explain what make his supplier better then any other idea? And less of a risk to kids then Trudeau’s idea?

        I also never said it’s a good thing for the government to make money on pot! However Harper is making money on it and I would like to know how much exactly? and where is that money going? that was my question.

        The more I respond to your foolish reply, the more convinced I am that you can’t read!

        I am not a Trudeau supporter – But I am certainly not a HARPER supporter – what 100,000,000 jobs has harper created? Maybe if you count all of the criminals he’s appointed to government positions! – and how would you know that Trudeau will bring 20 jobs? He’s not in power yet, how can we determine what jobs he will create – Oh wait, I get it, the Harper government told you that’s what Trudeau will do!! Well must be true then, because they have never proven themselves to be liars!!

        If I want to know Trudeau’s priorities, why would I read Blaney’s statement….. Brilliant!

        Your interpretation and response to my comment made no sense – Congrats!! spoken like a true CONservative!!

  8. Um, where does Blaney’s statement say that the project in Smith Falls shouldn’t go forward? Oh, it doesn’t!

    It’s simply demonstrating that Trust Fund Trudeau’s feature policy plank will result in the creation of a whopping 20 full time jobs, while the current government’s policies have resulted in over a million new jobs. The point is 1,000,000 > 20.

    I’m sure the Harper government would like to see the jobs created by opening a new grocery store in Smith Falls also, but it’s hardly the roll of the Federal government to focus on such a minuscule portion of the economy.

    Oh right, but I forgot that nobody can criticize The Trudeau.

  9. CHILDREN don’t smoke pot.. give me a break.. this is pathetic. LEGALIZING it puts age restrictions…. my oh my, how misguided people’s perceptions are… sheesh.

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