Wednesday’s Political Panel discusses…
Are ISIS’ actions an act of genocide?
The Conservative party has put forth a motion to declare the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka ISIS, as a genocide. Justin Trudeau, and the Liberal government, has voted against the motion.
“Canada strongly condemns the atrocities committed by (ISIS) in the Middle East, and we stand with our allies in the fight against (ISIS) to make sure they lose the capacity to take so many civilian lives,” Trudeau said during question period Tuesday. “Determinations of genocide need to be made in an objective, responsible way. That is exactly what we have formally requested the international authorities weigh in on.”
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Should the Liberals decriminalize marijuana before they legalize it?
The federal New Democrats put forth a motion in Parliament on Monday to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized.
“Despite Justin Trudeau’s clear campaign promise to immediately fix marijuana laws in Canada, the government has done nothing for eight months except continue the senseless practice of handing out criminal records for personal use,” said a statement released by the NDP.
But in February MP Bill Blair, who is leading the task force to craft new laws around marijuana, said until the government legalizes marijuana current laws must be enforced.
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The Political Panel is…
Jamie Ellerton, Principal at Conaptus
Kathleen Monk, Public Affairs Strategist
Supryia Dwivedi, Government Relations Specialist with Upstream Strategy Group