Quebec clarifies pot remarks, says it's willing to talk with Ottawa

Quebec's finance minister has softened his tone with regard to the role his government will play if and when marijuana is legalized and regulated by Ottawa.

See Full Article

Carlos Leitao said Thursday that Quebec wanted nothing to do with selling marijuana and that Ottawa "should figure out on its own" how to eventually distribute pot on Quebec territory.

Later that day Leitao took to Facebook to clarify his remarks, saying he spoke a little too quickly.

"The choice regarding means of distributing (marijuana) in Quebec is a debate that is very premature," he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised 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.

Trudeau said he'll work with local authorities to come up with distribution methods, which could vary from province to province.

Leitao said the federal government still needs to come up with legislation on legalization in order to clarify the rules.

"There will certainly be time for exchanges between the federal government and provinces on this issue," he wrote.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Iran nuclear deal: China, Iran make not-so-veiled comments to Trump

    World News CBC News
    The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration. Source
  • 'We won't back down': Young right-wing activists agitate across Europe for an idealized past

    World News CBC News
    They are traditionalists with a YouTube channel, nostalgic nationalists who text and tweet. Young, white and European, they call themselves Identitarians, right-wing activists agitating across the continent against immigration and Islam and for a future rooted deep in an idealized past. Source
  • 'I'm here until they're done': Standing Rock protesters savour a victory, but not packing up just yet

    World News CBC News
    All is dark at the Oceti Sakowin camp in southern North Dakota, but there is a cacophony of hammering and a couple lanterns lighting a small work site. Joel Maurer, a tiny house carpenter from California, gets set to hoist a piece of plywood, explaining this will soon be a new cabin and meeting room for a prominent chief at the camp. Source
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde faces divisions over pipelines as AFN meets

    Canada News CBC News
    First Nations leaders who support pipeline projects are afraid to speak out because they have become stigmatized by some protesters, AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde said. "There's a stigma now attached to supporting economic development. There's a stigma that somehow you're not a First Nations person, if you support a pipeline," he said in an interview with CBC News. Source
  • Maxime Bernier's donor base is bigger and broader than Kellie Leitch's

    Canada News CBC News
    The most recent set of fundraising data for the Conservative leadership race put Kellie Leitch narrowly ahead of Maxime Bernier in total dollars raised. But an analysis of where these contributions came from suggests Bernier has a bigger and broader base of national support within the party — and that puts him in a much better position to win than Leitch. Source
  • 'Please give me some money!': Former millionaire, 92, says own children took his life savings

    Canada News CBC News
    Pete Stoopnikoff, 92, was a self-made millionaire, but now he says he can't afford to put gas in his car because two of his children took nearly all of his life savings. He alleges his two oldest children drained his funds from a shared account that was meant to cover his living expenses and duped him into signing over two other multimillion-dollar accounts as well as properties. Source
  • Justin Trudeau vows 'significant improvements' to refugee system

    Canada News CBC News
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told refugee sponsors in Canada who are frustrated by a lack of communication that the federal government must "make significant improvements" to a system that can be trying for both bureaucrats and immigrants. Source
  • To all the Canadian employers out there — just give people with disabilities a chance

    Canada News CBC News
    It can be very difficult for people with disabilities to find a job. I hear this at the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS), where I have worked for almost five years, and from some of my friends. Source
  • France PM Manuel Valls expected to announce presidential bid

    World News CBC News
    Socialist French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is to announce later on Monday that he will run for president in next year's election, Agence France-Presse and French television reported. Valls' office issued a statement that he would make a declaration at 6:30 p.m. Source
  • Judge orders Michigan recount to begin today

    World News CBC News
    A federal judge has ordered a recount of Michigan's presidential ballots to begin at noon on Monday and directed that the state complete the process by a Dec. 13 federal deadline. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith issued the written order early on Monday after a Sunday night hearing in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan's Southern Division. Source