Conservative senator accuses Indigenous senators of ‘capitulation’ on pot bill


A Conservative senator accused Indigenous senators of “capitulation” on the federal pot bill Wednesday when they shelved plans to table amendments after receiving promises from two federal cabinet ministers for more consultation and a pledge to report back on the progress. Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas sent a letter to seven Indigenous senators Wednesday morning hours before the Senate was set to debate potential amendments to Bill C-45, the act to legalize recreational use of cannabis, which is currently in third reading. Bill C-45 is up for a final Senate vote Thursday. The 11th hour letter appeared to allay some concerns from Indigenous senators who scrapped plans to table proposed amendments to the bill. The amendments stemmed from concerns outlined by a Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples report that called for up to a year’s delay in the bill’s passing. The report said the time frame was needed to allow Indigenous communities to prepare for the social impact of the bill and work out a revenue sharing deal. Conservative senator accuses Indigenous senators of ‘capitulation’ on pot bill

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