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Liberals asking Canadians their views on decriminalizing hard drugs

Canadians are sharply divided on the issue, said a Privy Council Office report.




The Liberals are doing confidential polling on the decriminalization of hard drugs, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Canadians are sharply divided on the issue, said a Privy Council Office report.

“Some favoured this approach while others opposed it,” said an October 7 report. The Privy Council specifically approved questions that asked whether “the Government of Canada should decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use.”

Cabinet has publicly dismissed any consideration of decriminalizing simple possession of narcotics including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl.

“There is no silver bullet approach to dealing with problematic substance use in this country,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu told reporters last August 22.

The report indicated cabinet commissioned the survey as part of fourteen focus groups in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Québec.

“Participants were initially asked what an ‘activist government’ meant to them,” said the report.

“Participants’ uncertainty regarding what an activist government is or does underpinned mixed responses about whether such a government would be viewed more positively or more negatively,” wrote researchers.

Pollsters with The Strategic Counsel were paid $808,685 for the research as part of ongoing monthly surveys.

Asked, “Do you think there is an opioid crisis in Canada?” a majority agreed.

“Virtually all participants agreed Canada was in the midst of an opioid crisis and that the situation was getting worse,” said the report.

“Many mentioned the rise in media coverage on this issue and statistics regarding the number of opioid-related deaths which led them to believe the situation was deteriorating.

“When participants were probed further about the possibility of decriminalization, some favoured this approach while others opposed it. Participants who expressed support for decriminalizing opioids felt historical attempts at prohibition had failed and therefore a new approach was needed to deal with what are currently illegal substances.

“They also thought decriminalization would help to reduce the stigma that persists around mental health, addiction and substance use. Those who were less supportive of decriminalization worried that moving in this direction would increase the supply of opioids and very likely further exacerbate the issue.”

The Commons health committee in a 2019 report recommended Parliament consider making simple possession a ticketing offence.

“The rise of methamphetamine use in communities across the country highlights the complexity of addressing problematic substance use and addiction in Canada,” wrote MPs.

Currently, two private bills before Parliament propose decriminalization of hard drugs.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. K

    June 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

    How about we don’t be a society that normalizes life-ruining drugs? We’re f’d enough as it is.

  2. Rose

    June 7, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Step 1 is decriminalization.
    Step 2 is legalization.
    Step 3 is taxation.


    June 7, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Just to clarify; it is not legalization but decriminalization they are talking about. And no, I do not want “hard” drugs decriminalized.

  4. Susan Grant

    June 7, 2021 at 6:14 am

    This is the Lieberal way to sneak in the approval of Adrenachrome!

  5. Ivy

    June 5, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Do parents want their children addicted? NO
    Do residents want their neighbors addicted? NO
    Do communities want consumption sites? NO
    Do towns & cities want increased crime? NO

    Do pharmaceutical companies want to profit from hard drugs? YES
    Do politicians want to tax hard drugs? YES

    So do politicians represent us? NO

  6. Rose

    June 5, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Legalizing hard drugs will only increase drug use.
    Just like the consumption sites have increased drug use.
    So why are politicians obsessed with getting people addicted?
    Safe Detox & treatment centers should be mandatory, if we actually trying to save people.

    My suspicion is that pharmaceutical companies want to get into the multi-trillion dollar hard drug market, and are lobbying government to make this a legal market.

    Those manufacturing & selling hard drugs should be arrested with harsh sentences.
    They are vultures who prey on the weak.

    This push to legalize hard drugs has nothing to do with fostering a safe & healthy society. It has to do with money, as usual.

  7. John Lankers

    June 5, 2021 at 8:33 am

    I have zero sympathy for ‘recreational” drug use. Long term studies in the UK (and elsewhere) have proven how even minor use can permanently alter the brain function.
    Marijuana is a gateway drug among many others and addicts using these drugs should be offered a way out before its too late and not being enabled by setting up so called ‘safe injection sites’. Dealers belong in prison. A Dutch Prime Minister once said about 20 years ago: “I wish we could turn back the clock”.
    Friday afternoon 4PM a totally stoned guy, wearing (kind off) soiled sweat pants, one sock, no shirt, bloody face and obviously no mask stumbles past ‘Security’ into Superstore yelling and screaming and starts assaulting customers. It was finally the manager on duty (I believe), a petite young woman who tried to de-escalate the situation, not ‘Security’ When I don’t put a mask on I get assaulted! by ‘Security’ but when a guy like this doesn’t wear one and physically assaults shoppers ‘Security’ turns a blind eye, is this the future we want. I can not believe what our country has turned in to.

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SLOBODIAN: First you lose your guns, then your freedoms

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.




The day the Aussies gave up their guns triggered the beginning of the end of their liberty.

Now the land Down Under is a full-blown police state. Proud, strong, free, productive Australia is gone. 

This harsh, bitter transformation should be a warning to nations still clinging to the God, guns, and freedoms the hard-core left deeply despises.

Aussies protesting totalitarian COVID-19 restrictions, the harshest in the free world, are fighting a seemingly hopeless battle for basic rights and freedoms by pelting rocks, bottles, golf balls, and batteries against heavily armed riot police.

It was a sad day in Melbourne Wednesday when police were ordered to fire rubber bullets into a crowd of 400 protesters, then arrested about 200 who face hefty $5,000 US fines.

These are regular law-abiding citizens, including tradesmen protesting a two-week closure of building sites, mandatory vaccinations, stay-at-home orders, and a succession of lockdowns.

They’re tired of being told they can’t go outside, can’t go to church, can’t travel far from home.

Authorities claimed it wasn’t so much ordinary working people in the crowd police fired upon, but extremist and far-right groups infiltrating the protests. That’s often a tired lie, an excuse used to justify overstepping boundaries when annihilating freedom.

The Australian government, with an insatiable hunger for control and compliance, is planning to soon implement an app using facial recognition software to track movements and location. Aussies will be randomly texted, having 15 minutes to take a photo in their location. If they don’t comply, police will show up.

The riots are expected to continue.

This is by no means an attempt to suggest people should arm themselves against police who are obliged to follow orders and face the violent consequences of bad political decisions while the decision-makers safely hide behind armed guards.

Law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem. Criminals with easy access to weapons are.

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.

Law-abiding gun ownership is a safeguard that must be protected at all costs.

In Australia gun confiscation disguised as a buyback program was rushed through Parliament in 1996 after a nut job massacred 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle. Gun crimes have steadily escalated since.

But still, only sportsmen, Roo Shooters, ranchers, and law enforcement officials are allowed to own guns.

Owning a weapon for self-defense is a criminal offence in Australia.

We don’t see the devastation and despair Australia is facing unfolding in places like Texas where gun laws are relaxed.

Bad guys tend to behave better if they don’t know if someone is packing.

In Texas, even grandma carries a handgun in a holder on her hip or shoulder or anywhere she likes, because the law says she can.

In fact, as of September 1 this year Texas law requiring people to have a license to carry a handgun — open or concealed — was removed.

Texans over the age of 21 with no criminal record or mental health issues may carry to protect themselves in most public places, excluding schools, hospitals, amusement parks, if the gun is holstered.

Of course, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, an advocate of freedom and liberty, would never unleash law enforcement on law-abiding Texans.

But politicians come and go. Laws are the constant safeguard unless citizens willingly forsake them to left-wing loons.

Aussies bought the lie. And they are paying a horrific price.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lying to Canadians.

His ban on 1,500 types of so-called assault-style firearms in May 2020 didn’t satisfy him.

He promised, if re-elected, to crack down on legal firearms owners in a number of ways including restricting high-capacity magazines to holding no more than five rounds, bribe provinces to implement a ban on handguns, and introduce Red Flag laws which would confiscate guns if someone thinks someone is a threat, or maybe just wants to be nasty. 

Trudeau wants to toughen laws on banned assault weapons and make it mandatory for owners to either sell the firearm to the government for destruction or have it rendered permanently inoperable.

So, a buyback program. That sure did Australians a lot of good.

Will Canadians relinquish this one guarantee of civil liberties and place our safety in the hands of untrustworthy politicians and bureaucrats?

The choice is simple. What will it be Australia or Texas? Or is it the beginning of the end of liberty for Canada too?

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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Spurious George – police put winning Liberal Chahal under investigation for being a porch pirate

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.




Victorious Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate George Chahal is under investigation by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption unit after a surveillance video emerged of him pilfering an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox.

Police said someone filed a complaint on Thursday and it’s now under investigation.

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.

source: @kirklubimov twitter

He wasn’t very disguised in his efforts, wearing a jersey with his name on the back.

“The report has been directed to our anti-corruption unit that handles investigations of a sensitive nature or involving a public official. We are in the very early stages of the investigation and at this point, we have not yet determined if the investigation will remain with CPS or be transitioned to another investigative body, such as Elections Canada,” CPS said in a statement.

Chahal’s campaign manager, Randall Zalazar, admitted Chahal did it, but had a good reason.

“While dropping off polling info flyers prior to polls opening on Election Day, George removed a piece of campaign literature that identified an incorrect polling location for the person residing at the address,” he said in an e-mail to CTV News.

“All through election day, campaign volunteers found incorrectly labeled materials across the eastern side of the riding. Our campaign contacted Elections Canada and advised them of the issue.”

Chahal was the only Liberal to win in Calgary, picking up the victory by 3,000 votes.

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UCP MLA Stephan calls for early leadership review of Kenney

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.




Jason Stephan, UCP MLA for Red Deer South, is calling for a leadership review of Premier Jason Kenney “sooner than later.”

Stephan made the demand in an open letter to his constituents.

“On July 1st, the Premier said that we were open for good. I took him at his word,” said Stephan.

“Some businesses and other organizations find themselves now subject to restrictions that threaten their ability to survive unless they participate in a ‘Restriction Exemption Program,’ This is a vaccine passport program – in general, to participate, these organizations can only allow vaccinated individuals into their premises. This divides Albertans. The premier said there would be no COVID vaccine passports.”

Stephan made it clear he was vaccinated against COVID-19. but added the decision has to be a personal one.

“Vaccine passports use coercion to indirectly do what is illegal to do directly — to compel vaccination. Seeking to compel others against their wills produces resentment. Albertans should choose to take COVID vaccines on their merits, believing they are safe and effective, not because of lotteries or cash payments or intense coercion with vaccine passports or under threats of losing livelihoods or educations,” Stephan said.

“Individuals and families are losing trust. Coercion destroys, not builds, trust. Complete and transparent information, without bias, is the best way to allow Albertans to make the best decisions for themselves and their families on the merits of COVID vaccines.

“Our friends, family members or neighbors who do not share our opinions are not evil or selfish. The truth about those friends, family members or neighbors is more complex, more nuanced, each of them possessing unique contexts and circumstances, all of which can be valued and respected,” Stephan said.

“Many constituents are upset. Many are asking for the Premier to resign. The Constitution of the United Conservative Party (UCP) does not include a procedure for caucus MLAs to remove the leader of the party.”

A leadership review of Kenney had been set for the fall of 2022, but after a UCP caucus meeting this week, the date was moved to the spring.

Dozens of constituency associations have also demanded an early leadership review.

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.

“In the interim period, the focus of government needs to be on COVID.

“Alberta is budgeted to spend $23 billion on health, among the highest per capita in Canada, and over 40% of the province’s operating budget. Why, with this massive amount of money, has AHS only produced between 300 and 400 (currently, the numbers are everchanging), working ICU beds for a population of over 4.4 million, on a per capita basis less than half the worst of the lowest of the any of the US states?

“Given the widespread, profound impact of COVID restrictions on Albertans, I have asked, and continue to ask, for a comprehensive public inquiry, including a full cost analysis of COVID restrictions. The more truth, the better.”

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