On May 17, the federal MP for Montmagny—L’Islet— Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, Bernard Généreux, commissioned StratComTendances Inc. to conduct a telephone survey of constituency residents on the federal government’s legalization of cannabis on July 1, 2018.
A total of 2,575 people responded to the survey. With undecided respondents excluded, 81.75% were against, and 18.25% were in favour. Respondents were asked the following question: What is your opinion on Justin Trudeau’s bill legalizing the use of cannabis across Canada?
In May, Mr. Généreux also asked visitors to his website, www.bernardgenereux.ca, for their views on this issue, and 90 of the 105 people who responded said they were against.
In addition, the MP sent residents a survey by mail, and the results so far are 11 for and 125 against. The reasons cited are mainly the health effects, fear that cannabis use will become widespread, and road safety.
“The message is clear: most residents of the constituency are against the legalization of cannabis. While the government boasts that it is ‘protecting’ young people, its actions are doing exactly the opposite. Why are we exposing young children to cannabis plants (up to four) at home? It’s just senseless,” laments Mr. Généreux.
Mr. Généreux is aware that changes may be made in the current legislation, but he believes that a form of decriminalization is more desirable than the complete legalization proposed in Bill C-45. He points out that in section 108 of its Policy Declaration, the Conservative Party of Canada recommends “that peace officers can issue tickets for the simple possession of small amounts of marijuana.” “This would ensure that young people do not end up with criminal records, but it would make them more aware of the drug’s dangers,” he said.