NORML Canada is officially non-partisan, however, the choices in the October 19 election have never been so stark. The stakes have never been so high. This will be a historic election for cannabis in Canada. The Liberals have promised to legalize and regulate cannabis, a bold unprecedented step for a major party entering a general election. The Conservatives have ramped up the war on cannabis enacting laws that are worse than ever, not just unconstitutional, but also cruel, expensive, and dysfunctional. While the NDP think the matter requires further study. Other smaller parties (such as the Green Party) have endorsed legalization, but are unlikely to form the next government. This puts NORML Canada in the position of HAVING to endorse and advocate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the upcoming October 19 election. NORML Canada has developed an Election Project which is intended to help get the Liberals elected, usher in legalization, and send a message to all the major parties that they ignore cannabis issues at their electoral peril.
The get-out-the-vote project involves NORML volunteers gathering contact information from people all across Canada who feel – as we do – that cannabis must be legalized. You can also sign up online using the get-out-the-vote sign up form at the bottom of this page. Shortly before the election NORML Canada volunteers will politely remind our voters to vote. We will ensure our voters know where to vote and we will assist in determining whether further steps need be taken to make sure you are registered to vote. On October 19 we are all going to vote.
We are distributing postcards addressed to Stephen Harper which can be signed by those who feel strongly about ending cannabis prohibition. NORML Canada will mail the postcards or citizens can mail them. There is no postage required for correspondence to a sitting MP. We are going to make it very clear to Mr. Harper that ignoring cannabis issues or, even worse, enacting cruel, expensive, and dysfunctional cannabis laws will cost his party on election day.
MP Statement Campaign
We are asking every sitting MP and every major party candidate what they think of legalization. You can judge for yourself how willing these individuals — who want to run your country — are to move in the right direction where cannabis is concerned. The first purpose is to give you the information you require to make a rational and informed choice by comparing the responses from those persons who want to sit in the next parliament. The second purpose is to send a message to the candidates that their position on the cannabis issue matters.
There is much more to the Election Project. Keep your eye on this page in order to stay up to date on the coming election.
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