Madam Speaker, I respect my friend from Scarborough Southwest. I have talked about his noble service as chief of police in Toronto. I respect that a great deal. I know he was not running for Parliament to be saddled with this mandate, and I think he has tried to handle himself ably, but I will recall for him his quote as chief of police in Toronto to The Scarborough Mirror when he said:
We do not support the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana …that sends an appalling and inappropriate message and is not going to do anything to reduce the harm in our communities.
When the member was head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, he actually supported the Conservative Party’s position on marijuana. It is only when, as a very effective wing man for his Prime Minister, he is being saddled with this promise that they are having not only to rush, contrary to what physicians, provinces, and law enforcement want, but they are trying to justify it now and limit debate on it.
We can have great debates in this House. All we are asking for is more time and more evidence.