Apr. 15, 2002
The Liberal government must have felt legislation backed by New Democrats, the Bloc Québécois, more than half the Canadian Alliance caucus and some cabinet ministers was getting perilously close to actually becoming law. So they moved to kill a private member's bill by Canadian Alliance MP and doctor Keith Martin to decriminalize marijuana possession. Martin is blaming the Prime Minister's Office for burying his bill by introducing, via a friendly backbencher, an amendment known as a "poison pill.'' The amendment will be the end of the road for a bill two years in the making and "renders Parliament irrelevant,'' Martin laments. He has written to all Liberals, urging them to buck their party's amendment when it comes to a vote Wednesday. Don't expect the backbench to light up.
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