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The Conservative Government Anti-drug Strategy and its, so called, "tough on crime" agenda

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Tracking the Politics of 'Crime' and Punishment in Canada

The Conservative government's $64M National Anti-Drug Strategy

Stephen Harper describes "What we're up against."

"What we are all up against, in trying to resolve this problem, what the police are up against, those who deal in treatment and prevention are up against, is a culture that since the 1960's has, at the minimum not encouraged drug use and often romanticized it, romanticized it or made it "cool," made it acceptable.

And look, as a father I'd don't say all these things blamelessly, you know I, my son is listening to my Beatles records and asking me what all these lyrics mean. And, uh, you know, it's just there. I love these records and I'm not putting them away. But that said the reality is there has been a culture that has not fought drug use. And that's what we're all up against."
Stephen Harper

Health Minister Tony Clement
talks about Conservative drug strategy

Conservative talking points on crime
The Conservative Government Anti-drug Strategy News Articles

Expanding prisons won't cut crime, group says
Advocacy group says U.S. 'experiment' show tougher sentencing doesn't reduce crime
May 08, 2008
"Growing the prison population does not reduce crime. It may increase crime. Growing the prison population is the most expensive way to lower the rate of crime and in any event the crime rate has been in decline for 25 years," Craig Jones, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, told the Toronto Star."

The John Howard Society of Canada
Resources, Briefs and Position Papers (Drug Policy)
Tough-on-crime policies ineffective, U.S. sentencing expert contends
May 04, 2008 - Canwest News Service
Harper urges police pressure on crime bills
April 27, 2007 - CBC News
Privatization guru to review federal prison system
April 19, 2007 - CanWest News Service
Minimum Sentences, Minimum Effectiveness
April 14, 2007 - Centretown News (ON)
Myths and hysteria bad basis for drug laws
Governments' approach to substance abuse is informed more by superstition than science.
March 31, 2007 - Vancouver Sun
Alcohol is the real problem: study
Canadians wrongly see illicit drugs as more serious social issue
March 29, 2007 - Ottawa Citizen
Canada must not follow the U.S. on drug policy
February 22, 2007 - Ottawa Citizen

Harper admits he's picking judges to advance Tory law-and-order aims
February 14, 2007 - The Canadian Press

Internal documents show U.S. involvement in Canada's national drug strategy
December 12, 2006 - CanWest News Service; Vancouver Sun
Tories 'pander' to the interests of police: critics
November 19 2006 - Kamloops This Week
Police get say in judge selection
Law-and-order representatives will sit on judicial advisory committees

November 8, 2006 - Winnipeg Free Press

UVic prof lectures PM on Tories' drug policy
April 27, 2008 - Victoria Times Colonist

On Feb. 1, [Susan] Boyd, along with the Beyond Prohibition Coalition of Vancouver, launched a website at to inform the prime minister and concerned Canadian citizens about drug policy and harm reduction.

At the same time, she began a letter-writing campaign. Each week she heads to the post office with a letter and an accompanying article, pays for postage and sends it off to the Prime Minister's Office.

The drug researcher, on sabbatical this year, says she was outraged by the federal government's crime bill C-26, which cracks down on drug traffickers -- and adds mandatory minimum sentences for growing marijuana -- as well as budget funding increases for police enforcement with only nominal amounts for harm reduction and treatment. More...

Despite considerable support from Conservative voters for cannabis law reform,
the new Harper government has no plans to revive the decriminalization bill.


Harper unveils new drug strategy
October 4, 2007 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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See also: Government of Canada website - National Anti-Drug Strategy: Video Centre

Toronto police chief
William Blair

PM Stephen Harper said:
"More and more young people are being charged in drug related crimes."

Yes, that's true. Here's why:

"Police forces across the GTA, taking their cue from the new federal Conservative government, are again cracking down on the simple possession of marijuana."

Source: Police crack down on marijuana users
April 3, 2006 - The Toronto Star

Cannabis arrest rates in Canada

Retired BC Judge Jerry Paradis

Retired BC Judge Jerry Paradis is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. LEAP website

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Program: Century of Lies
Date: 12/04/07
Guest: Jerry Paradis

PM Stephen Harper said:
"The fact is illegal drug production and distribution is a highly lucrative business. A business ruthlessly exploited by large, powerful criminal organizations."

Yes, that's true. Here's why:

Prohibition establishes a black market, he said, and “keeps prices artificially high ... attracting organized crime.”

Paradis argued prohibition betrays the role government seeks to play – the protector of public health – by driving drug use and abuse underground, contributing to death, illness and the spread of disease.

“It is also a serious and unnecessary drain on the resources of police, prosecutors, courts and corrections,” said Paradis.

“Ending prohibition is not giving up. It is nothing to do with admitting defeat. It is nothing more than recognition that a policy adopted almost a century ago for all the wrong reasons does not only fail to yield any results, it has created unintended consequences. It endangers our children far more than the drugs do.”

- Retired BC Judge Jerry Paradis

Source - AbbyNews

Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy

The Senate Special Committee's report is available online:

PM Stephen Harper said:
"Obviously we want to put organized crime out of business. And tough new anti-drug laws have to be part of the solution."

No, that's not true. Here's why:

"The continued prohibition of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians much more than does the substance itself."

Source: The Report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, 2002: "Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy" (Summary Report - P. 45)

"Clearly, current approaches are ineffective and inefficient. Ultimately, their effect amounts to throwing taxpayers' money down the drain in a crusade that is not warranted by the danger posed by the substance. It has been maintained that drugs, including cannabis, are not dangerous because they are illegal but rather are illegal because they are dangerous. This is perhaps true of other types of drugs, but not of cannabis."

Source: The Report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, 2002: "Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy" (Summary Report - P. 38)

How does cannabis compare

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PM Stephen Harper said:
"Our message is clear: drugs are dangerous and destructive."

Yes, some drugs can be destructive, but which ones?

"Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue."

- Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, during the press conference for the release of the committee's report.


Bill C-51

Stephen HarperOTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan, a comprehensive set of proposed new measures that will make Canadians safer by legislating tougher federal government regulation of food, health, and consumer products.

Speaking at the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Depot in Ottawa, Prime Minister Harper noted that there has been a sharp rise in the number of product recalls involving unsafe toys, food and drugs in recent years. "Canadians rightly expect their federal government to police the safety of the products they bring into their homes," the Prime Minister said. "Today, I'm pleased to announce a plan that will significantly enhance our ability to do just that." Read more...

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PM announces Canada’s new Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan

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Freedom of Canadian consumers to choose Natural health products at Risk

Canada's C-51: Trojan Horse Legislation Sponsored by Big Pharma

Discussion Paper on Bill C-51

Private Members Bills

C-245 An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Jay Hill (Prince George--Peace River)
(RE: trafficking in a controlled substance within five hundred metres of an elementary school or a high school)

C-320 An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead)
(RE: minimum sentence)

C-428 An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Chris Warkentin (Peace River)
(RE: methamphetamine)

Crime statistics 1962 - 2006

Canada's overall national crime rate, based on incidents reported to police,
hit its lowest point in over 25 years in 2006, driven by a decline in non-violent crime.

Source: Statistics Canada website

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Politicians who support prohibition are supporting organized crime

Cannabis prohibition is expensive, ineffective, and causing significant harms to Canadian society.
For the good of ALL Canadians, it's time to end cannabis prohibition.

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