Saturday, April 7, 2018


     Three Conservative senators who traveled to the U.S. to speak with federal government officials about Canada's plans to legalize recreational marijuana use are trying to undermine the relationship between Ottawa and Washington, says the federal Liberals' representative in the Senate.
Calling the trio's discussion with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions "highly unusual," Sen. Peter Harder criticized Senators Claude Carignan, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu and Denise Batters over their recent D.C. visit.
     "The senators who undertook this visit do not speak for Canada," he said in an email to CBC News.
    The three Conservative senators said they went to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to try to get answers to outstanding questions about the impact of marijuana legalization on policy files such as border crossings and cross-border trade. Batters said they went south because they were not satisfied with the responses they've gotten to date from Canadian cabinet ministers.
   "We always maintain a respectful tone with our U.S. counterparts. This was in no way a partisan trip. When senator Harder says that we don't speak for Canada — we were there to speak for Canadians," Sen. Batters said.
    All three Conservative senators are vehemently opposed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to legalize marijuana. Sen. Boisvenu called the proposed legalization a "piece of shit", though he later apologized for his choice of words.

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