The NDP is calling on the Saskatchewan government to pardon those convicted of cannabis possession.
Opposition critic Nicole Sarauer notes 820 Saskatchewan residents were charged with cannabis possession in 2016, 51 percent above the national average.
“These charges lead to criminal records that create serious barriers for people looking to travel, go back to school or find work,” she said. “It’s not fair, especially since these convictions were handed down for an activity that will be legal and regulated in a few short months.”
Sarauer went on to say she will send a letter to the federal government, to get them to issue pardons to Canadians.
Justice Minister Don Morgan says the federal government has chosen not to offer pardons in the legislation to legalize cannabis, but he will consider the NDP request.
Allegations of Conflict of Interest
The NDP is raising conflict of interest allegations around the Saskatchewan government’s proposal to look at the sale of under-utilized buildings.
Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison rose to Ken Chevaldayoff’s defence, accusing the NDP of playing politics.
“This is beyond disappointing that where they go two weeks in is smear, gutter politics, unfounded accusations, that’s where they go,” stated Harrison. “If they want to go down this road that those who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones.”
Opposition critic David Forbes says the Minister of Central Services, Ken Chevaldayoff, has ties to commercial real estate firms.