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In Ontario, under the previous Kathleen Wynne Liberal government, legalized cannabis was going to be sold the same way liquor is retailed in the province. Namely, it would be made available only via a government-run retail monopoly.
But recently, newly-elected Premier Doug Ford suggested that pot might also be retailed at private sector shops, too.
Indeed, the marijuana file is snapshot that fully illustrates the difference between the Wynne Liberal way of doing things versus the Ford PC way of takin’ care of business.
Wynne is yesterday’s news, of course. But the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, well, they’re likely here forever, unfortunately. And check out their little tidbit of Reefer Madness by way of a press release they sent out yesterday:
“As the outcry grows against Doug Ford’s leaked plan to privatize the sale of cannabis, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on the rookie premier to give it some sober second thought.
“The haze is clearing on this half-baked scheme, and people are realizing that it’s going to cause a lot more problems than it solves. Who’s going to pay for all the extra policing we’ll need? Who's going to pay for all the extra inspectors? And except for profiteers and organized criminals, who else would actually benefit? Nobody.”
But, as I'll show you tonight, the numbers prove that when it comes to “social responsibility” tied into age-restricted products, the private sector does a far better job than the nanny state.
Bottom line: let’s hope Doug Ford – and provincial governments right across Canada, for that matter – allow cannabis to be sold at private stores.
And please, let’s hope they also dismantle the various provincial liquor and gambling monopolies, too.
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