New Brunswick Premier Out, Pot In, & Money Lost

Canadian News Roundup 07/11/2018

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Welcome back to this week’s Canadian News Roundup. This week we saw the New Brunswick Premier outed, marijuana movements, and payment woes for veterans. An interesting week to say the least. Read more on each story below.

New Brunswick Premier Outed In No-Confidence Vote

On November 2nd Premier Brian Gallant and his liberal government fell after a no-confidence vote. The vote in question ending in 25-23 in favour of removing the existing minority government. For those that had followed the province’s last election, this move would come to no surprise as the election led to much division over language and policy. Conservative MP Blaine Higgs will be taking the spot in the coming weeks. Watch Gallant’s speech below

Second Cup Eyes Marijuana Retail

The Second Cup Ltd. had mentioned previously that they would be eyeing moves into the new legal marijuana markets formed through the recent legalization across the country. This week they announced that they will be converting two of their Alberta locations into dispensaries, then they will be reviewing the rest of the chain on a location-by-location basis.

To some, this marks the beginning of industrialization and corporate control of the marijuana markets, however, some (while said rather tongue-in-cheek) are simply happy they can get weed and donuts from the same place. These locations will be under the Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and, while they do plan on reviewing other locations, there is no guarantee they will follow through outside of these two spots.

Ottawa Short Changed Vets

In what they’re declaring to be an accounting error, it has been discovered recently that Ottawa had shorted veterans for nearly $165 Million between 2002-2010. Guy Parent, from the ombudsman’s office for veterans, helped discover the error while working on Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan.

As reported by the CBC, the error has been shown to affect over 270,000 veterans. According to O’Regan, repayment of the shorted funds will take up to two years to be paid out to the affected veterans. The hardest part of correcting this issue lies in who is affected. The majority of veterans that were impacted by this served during WWII and the Korean War. An estimated 175,000 of which have passed since the error took place, leaving a lot of legal red tape to sort out with the estates of the deceased.

You can read more from Killian Hobbs on Think Liberty here.

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