Context : Presenting Petitions
Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminsterâ€”Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am rising in the House today to table a petition that has been signed by 2,800 Canadians from coast to coast. These Canadians are very concerned about the government's imposition of an excise tax on prescribed medical cannabis. All of these petitioners are saying what the government should do is reverse the excise tax it has imposed on medical cannabis and recognize that cannabis for medicinal purposes should be exempt from any taxes.
As we know, people who have access to medical cannabis need it for pain management. It is absolutely essential. That the government has imposed this excise tax is simply unconscionable, and so the petitioners are hoping the government reverses its decision.