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Canadian prime minister wants legal pot and less religion

Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to start his leadership with a bang and follow through with several progressive plans and ideas. In a letter to his Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Trudeau outlines plans to “bring about real change” in Canada.

Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to start his leadership with a bang and follow through with several progressive plans and ideas. In a letter to his Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Trudeau outlines plans to “bring about real change” in Canada.

Trudeau’s plans will include legalizing and regulating marijuana, reducing the number of hand guns and assault rifles, and securing rights for all citizens, especially focusing on LGBTQ rights. Trudeau’s letter lists several other priorities, such as fighting for the right to physician-assisted death, addressing many rights issues facing Indigenous Canadians, and ensuring that Canadians will be able to keep their digital information private from the government.

One of the biggest differences in Trudeau’s leadership is his lack of focus on religion. Although Trudeau is a Roman Catholic, 16 members of his newly appointed cabinet chose to take a modified version of the Canadian oath, which replaces religious references and does not end with the phrase “So help me God.” The more secularly minded cabinet will fight for personal rights and freedoms in line with Trudeau’s liberal vision.

In his letter, Trudeau reiterated his dedication to fighting for values and principles that Canada hold dear: “inclusion, honesty, hard work, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit.  We will be a government that governs for all Canadians, and I expect you, in your work, to bring Canadians together.”

Trudeau, who assumed the Prime Minister office on November 4, has already created controversy in some parts of Canadian society. His liberal views are particularly popular in urban centers, but Canada’s vast number of rural communities are much less accepting. Conservatives across Canada already distrust the new PM, and are especially concerned with his gun control plans, which many fear will hurt Canada’s rich hunting culture.

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Trudeau’s plan to legalize marijuana generated the most positive buzz for his campaign, but many are skeptical about his plan to legalize and regulate. Although many are still opposed to marijuana overall, some protestors have another angle. The Hell’s Angels are among the most vocal opponents to Trudeau’s legalization plan, as the regulation of marijuana will take away millions of “jobs” by stopping the illegal growing, shipping, and distribution of the drug.

Trudeau’s plans, if carried out, will bring significant change to Canada, which will make it an even more progressive nation. Although Trudeau certainly has his opponents — both in the general population and within the government — many support his vision for a freer and more equal Canada.

Featured image via Metro.ca

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  1. Pingback: Newly-Elected Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Outlines Agenda: Legal Pot, More LGBT Rights, Fewer Guns - Joe.My.God.

  2. Frank J LaFerriere

    November 19, 2015 at 5:15 am

    I bet the Religious up there are having a melt down right now. I really love this new Canadian PM. Wish we had more like him down in the States.

  3. Greg Logan

    November 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

    We do – Feel the Bern!

  4. Douglas Bartake

    November 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Trudeau will reducing the number of hand guns and assault rifles, Then your reported says////”Conservatives across Canada already distrust the new PM, and are especially concerned with his gun control plans, which many fear will hurt Canada’s rich hunting culture.”///// Yes Conservatives my be concerned but once again prove they are severely out of touch with reality. We Canadians do not HUNT with “handguns and Assault rifles”. Idiots!!!

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  6. Robyn Blanpied

    November 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Sooo…. people who kill things for fun and the Hell’s Angels don’t like you…..Great start! Loved his Dad.

  7. Pierre Savoie

    November 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Haha, how is marijuana consistent with the value of “hard work”? You are removing people’s ability to concentrate, so how does that help?

  8. Kim

    November 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Good… Religion is nothing but a brainwashing fictional novel full of shit

  9. Greg Logan

    January 18, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Regardless of the nature of religion – it sure as hell needs to be separated from the civic sphere.

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