Trudeau has “decriminalized” hard drugs, MP claims

MP Cheryl Gallant says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using the suspension of Parliament to “decriminalize” hard drugs and force a “radical, dangerous new social policy” on Canadians.

In the latest issue of her e-newsletter, “The Gallant Night News,” the local MP says the Liberal government is “stretching out the democracy lockdown as long as they can.”

Trudeau announced Tuesday that Parliament will be prorogued until September 23, when the House of Commons is expected to reconvene with a throne speech outlining the government’s plans for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Gallant says now that Trudeau has “completely locked out democracy” in Canada, he is “moving ahead with his radical socialist agenda.”

As a first step, Gallant says that under Trudeau, “illegal hard drugs have been decriminalized.”

Gallant cites a CBC news story reporting that federal lawyers are being asked to avoid prosecuting simple drug possession cases unless major public safety concerns are at play. 

The CBC says the directive, which was issued earlier this week, revises the Public Prosecution Service of Canada’s (PPSC) approach to simple possession offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussel is now asking her team of lawyers to focus on seeking charges only in “the most serious cases” and to otherwise ask for alternative measures, such as restorative justice and Indigenous approaches to divert simple possession cases away from the criminal justice system, the CBC reported Wednesday.

But Gallant says Trudeau is “using the pandemic and prorogation to force a radical, dangerous new social policy onto Canadians.”

“Welcome to the brave new world the socialists have been dreaming of for over a century!”

“Socialists have always opposed work,” Gallant continues.

“They think a job is just a way for the capitalists to exploit you. They would rather have every person depend on government handouts.

“What they never understand is that a job is about more than earning a paycheque. A job well done gives people a sense of pride and dignity. Take that away and people naturally suffer from depression, and in some cases turn to drugs.”

Gallant said this “isn’t some academic theory, it is happening right now,” and even the CBC is reporting on “the results of Trudeau’s great social experiment.”

Gallant cites a CBC report from June 10 noting that outreach workers have warned the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the government’s COVID-19 income support program, is “helping to fuel illicit drug use and may even have contributed to overdose deaths.”

Gallant says it has been “especially disgusting watching Trudeau brag” about bringing in the CERB” when we know people have died as a result of the program’s loose standards.”

“The increase in drug overdoses since the start of the pandemic will only accelerate when drug dealers learn it is open season to sell drugs in Canada. Trudeau’s policies are killing Canadians, and he has just begun.”

Gallant has represented Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke since 2000. She won re-election last October with almost 53 per cent of the ballots cast.

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