Maxime Bernier Supports Bill That Would Expunge Past Pot Possession Convictions

Says criminal justice system “should focus on real criminals.”

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier says he will support a bill introduced by NDP MP Murray Rankin that would expunge past pot possession convictions in cases where those convictions were for low-level, non-violent violations.

Rankin’s bill would fully expunge – rather than just pardon – those past convictions.

The issue of pardons has raised some concern, since a pardon still shows up on someones record, while an expungement would remove the record entirely.

On Twitter, Bernier said he would support the legislation:

“I will support this bill. Our criminal justice system should stop making life difficult for the half million peaceful Canadians with a record for simple pot possession, and should focus on real criminals.”

Bernier’s move fits with his support for the principles of smaller government, respecting individual freedom, and focusing limited state resources on the most serious crimes.

Spencer Fernando

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It was illegal, so a pardon maybe, but what all will be expunged, do you trust this government, I do not, they let murderers walk among us. They are throwing out our whole justice system, when they can legally delete charges, so we can all do whatever we want and how much will this cost? How many plea bargains were made that just settled on the marijuana smaller charge, etc. If we do not have a fair honest justice system, we will have no crime, and with what is arriving and what is in our once great country, the legal… Read more »

Marja
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An honest lawyer?

Seriously. Did you honestly mean to use the word “activist”?

Candice
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Candice

Yes, but 250,000 immigrants into our country annually is a Globalist Agenda!!!! We can put mainstream Canadians in Skilled positions, we have many, many educated and skilled Canadians. No need for this kind of weaponized immigration, Mr. Bernier.

Marja
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Max is not the author of this. I think that he’s trying to clean up the mess both Trudeau boys stuck us with for generations to come.

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Ann

Maxime Bernier is just trying to get votes from convicts who were in possession of marijuana. As far as I am concerned they still committed a criminal act. Marijuana was Illegal!

Marja
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Do you understand the political spectrum? Max is not just a conservative. He”s also a libertarian. Look it up and inform yourself before making decisions.

Jacinte
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Jacinte

I totally agree with this train of thought. It makes sense.

Marja
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I’m quite taken aback reading these comments, especially given the date.

don morris
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don morris

Bernier takes the sensible approach on this,while Scheer is still saying he will revisit pot legalization if he wins next year, thus decreasing his chances of winning that election. The hysteria over marijuana has gone on long enough,it’s legal finally,and it’s time to get on with the important issues, of which there are almost too many to name here. The fear mongering from the Right on pot has been the equal of the fear mongering from the Left on Trump and Kavanaugh. Canada will survive pot legalization,just like it survived prohibition long ago, two world wars, a major depression, gay… Read more »

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Andrew Schere has said frequently that law abiding gun owners are not a problem and should not be punished but illegal guns and gangs need to be stopped, and the police must be able to do their work as they know it is illegal guns and violent gangs. I would not have voted for the separatist, false Mr. Bernier had he won the leadership of the Conservatives, as he is not a Conservative. he was placed to break the party as Mulroney infiltrated and broke the party. this is not the election we need him to break for the Lieberals… Read more »