House of Commons
This letter is to express my extreme disappointment in the Liberal Party. It was an extremely undemocratic and
irresponsible act for Bill C-7, the Controlled Drugs & Substances Act, to be given third reading and passed in the
abscence of the official opposition.
When Bill C-7 was withdrawn from the summer session, Canadians were told that it was so changes could be made to the
legislation based upon the recommendations and input received. We were not notified that it was withdrawn so that it
could be slipped past Canadians in the shadow of the Quebec referendum.
While speaking on Bill C-7 in Parliament, Paul Szabo stated that satisfying the requirements of the International
Narcotics Control Board was “the most important reason for this piece of legislation.” He did not explain that Canada
can easily withdraw from these conventions, or that Holland is also a signatory to the same treaties as Canada and yet
still manages to have a drug policy based upon tolerance and harm reduction.
I am in agreement with Eugene Oscapella, President of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, who testified before
the Bill C-7 subcommittee that
this bill will neither stop the flow of drugs into Canada, nor the production of drugs within Canada… it does
absolutely nothing to address the multiple causes of drug use in society.
In the guise of complying with international drug control conventions, we are trampling all over international
human rights conventions.
These sentiments were echoed by the Addiction Research Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’
Association, the Toronto Department of Public Health, the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, and a majority of the
different organizations that came before the subcommittee.
I would also like to voice my support for the medical use of marijuana. Marijuana has many medical aspects and
should be legally available to Canadians who could benefit from its use. Heroin and cocaine are available for
therapeutic and medicinal use, why isn’t marijuana?
By ignoring the testimony of the groups that came before the Bill C-7 subcommittee and passing Bill C-7 without
substantial changes, the Liberal party has sentenced hundreds of Canadians to death and thousands more to prison. I
hope that your party will come to realize the error of prohibitionist legislation like Bill C-7, and work instead to
create a drug policy based upon the principles of tolerance and harm reduction.
Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to your thoughts on these matters.