Quebec wants nothing to do with selling marijuana: finance minister

Quebec wants nothing to do with selling marijuana, Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Thursday, adding Ottawa can't force the province to help set up a distribution network if and when pot is legalized.

See Full Article

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government will legalize and strictly regulate marijuana and will work with local authorities to come up with distribution methods, which could vary from province to province.

Trudeau's comments sparked suggestions that pot could be sold out of government-run liquor stores.

Even the union representing employees of Quebec's liquor authority had said it was favourable to the idea.

Leitao, however, said he has "no plan, no idea, no intention of commercializing (marijuana).

"It's up to the federal government to determine how to do it," he said. "I will never have the obligation to commercialize (marijuana) even if it becomes legal. It's not up to the province of Quebec to do that."

When asked what distribution network the federal government could use in Quebec to sell pot, Leitao responded, "they'll have to figure it out."

One of Trudeau's election promises was to legalize marijuana in order to make it more difficult for children to purchase as well as to decrease pot revenue streams to organized criminals.

In response to Leitao's comments, Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa he plans to work with provinces and municipalities with regard to the distribution and sale of marijuana.

"And I look forward to starting those discussions, when the time comes," he said.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Authorities: Bullet meant for charging pit bull ricochets off ground and kills teen boy

    World News Toronto Sun
    PALMDALE, CALIF. - A deputy’s bullet that was fired at a charging pit bull apparently ricocheted off the ground and hit and killed a 17-year-old boy who had been helping to restrain the dog, authorities said Thursday. Source
  • Skunk with McFlurry cup stuck on its head gets daring rescue

    Canada News CTV News
    A sticky situation almost became a stinky one when an Ontario woman came to the aid of a skunk with a McDonald’s McFlurry cup stuck on its head. Tina Christie from Kemptville, Ont., was getting her car washed when she noticed the distressed animal. Source
  • Trudeau must step up to the plate for pastor jailed in North Korea

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    There seems to be time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to playfully crash weddings and school graduations, attend political parades as well as sometimes surf, kayak, run, bike and climb. But can he find a minute to call North Korea’s dictator to talk about imprisoned Canadian Rev. Source
  • Intercept attempt fails in missile defence test off Hawaii

    World News CTV News
    HONOLULU -- The U.S. Missile Defence Agency said it failed to intercept a ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii. The failure came during a test conducted with Japan's Defence Ministry late Wednesday. The U.S. Source
  • North Korea tests rocket engine, U.S. officials say

    World News CBC News
    North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday. Source
  • 'Hopefully, someday we'll see justice': Elliot Lake marks 5 years since deadly mall collapse

    Canada News CBC News
    Cars on Ontario Avenue in Elliot Lake, Ont., pass by a dusty, deserted property spanning several city blocks. An abandoned demolition machine, worn out signs and a road leading to where the Algo Centre Mall's parking deck used to be are all that is left on the site. Source
  • Alberta investigation to probe complaints of jailing indigenous sex assault victim

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- Alberta's Judicial Council will investigate complaints made about a judge over the jailing of an indigenous sex assault victim. The head of the council has received four complaints about provincial court Judge Raymond Bodnarek over his ruling that forced the homeless woman to spend time in the Edmonton Remand Centre. Source
  • Brexit: May offers hope for EU citizens, wins guarded praise

    World News CTV News
    BRUSSELS -- British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday that EU citizens will not be immediately kicked out of Britain when it leaves the union and says their fate will be a top priority in Brexit negotiations -- prompting guarded praise from other EU leaders at a tense time for the continent. Source
  • Reserve declares state of emergency after third teen suicide

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Jenera Roundsky was just 12. On June 13, she texted a friend to say farewell - and then she killed herself. Jenera was the third girl to kill herself in recent days on the Wapekeka First Nation - northwest of Thunder Bay. Source
  • Police say security 'climate,' not specific threat, prompted weapons upgrade

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- City police officers patrolling the airport in the nation's capital are getting military-style rifles, but officials say the move wasn't prompted by any specific security threats. Rather, police say, the issuance of carbine rifles to officers at Ottawa International Airport will simply provide a higher degree of safety for travellers. Source