Legalization of marijuana in B.C. is a federal issue, says premier
Reaction to Justin Trudeau’s win has been coming in throughout the day.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon, thanking Stephen Harper and all the outgoing MPs for their service.
She also congratulated Trudeau on his victory, expressing confidence he will be open to working closely with the B.C. government.
Touching on a number of points including the legalization of marijuana, Clark said “it’s a federal issue and we will work with the government in whatever moves they make on this front.”
“It’s a criminal code provision, the criminal code is a federal responsibility, so if and when they make changes, we will work with them to make sure that changes can be effective in B.C.”
Clark said she knows her government and Trudeau’s government are aligned on one issue for sure: funding infrastructure.
“We are spending more on infrastructure in British Columbia now than we have ever in the history of the province,” said Clark. “Just BC Hydro, is spending $2.5 billion every year for the next 10 years, and that’s just one part of what we’re doing. I believe in infrastructure spending as a way to create jobs, as a way to create economic growth, as a way we can make sure our goods get to market overseas and I know that Prime Minister Trudeau agrees with that and I think that’s something we’re really going to work productively on.”
Clark also shot down a rumour she is going to run to be the next leader of the federal Conservatives.
“I have a big job here in British Columbia and I have always seen my role as to fight for B.C.,” she said. “Fight for jobs here, fight for people here, and I intend to keep giving this 100 per cent of my attention.
“I welcome those who have decided to dedicate their lives to the national stage. British Columbia needs fighters too and I’m going to stick around here and make sure I do that for the people that live here.”
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