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Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.
With this week’s roll-out of federal cannabis legislation, calling for legalization and regulation by July 1, 2018, the hard work now begins for the provinces.
“It will be a challenge,” admitted Premier Rachel Notley at a presser on Thursday, before jetting off with Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous on a 10-day trade mission to the Orient. “I think if we get it right, it can work. I also know that there is a lot of heavy lifting to be done to get there.”
Like the ancient and resilient insect that, it is said, will inherit a nuclear devastated earth, the Alberta Liberal Party has survived all manner of ignominy and near extinction in its century and a quarter of its existence.
But, like our friend it stubbornly refuses to die. The party has been excluded from gov’t for 96 years, won not a single seat for more than a decade in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and, after attaining a modern-era peak of 32 seats in 1993, has dwindled down to today’s single MLA—interim leader Dr. David Swann (Calgary-Mountain View).Yet we find the party, if not well nourished or corpulent, still skittering about with purpose and still able to raise its antennae in optimistic salute to those future political fortunes that, as always, lie just around the corner.