When Justin Trudeau positioned himself and the Liberal Party as advocates for the legalization of marijuana, a lot of us had the "yeah, sure, I'll believe it when I see it" mentality, assuming the platform to be a way to curry favour with a minority of voters.
Now that Trudeau is Prime Minister, though, the amount of Canadians who support legalized marijuana is far more than previously thought, making the case for legal cannabis in Canada all the more likely.
Toronto-based market research firm Forum Research delved into the demographics of legalized marijuana supporters, polling 1, 256 adults in a recently released survey.
The results were striking: 59% of Canadians polled would approve of the Liberal government legalizing marijuana. That's a 7% increase from the last poll Forum Research enacted back in August, a mere three months ago.
What Canadians would like to see when marijuana is legalized (45% of respondents) is a Crown corporation or government agency that controls how cannabis is grown and sold. So basically an SAQ for marijuana.
Further breaking down their own data, Forum Research surmises that about 3-in-10 of voters, or 31%, would account for the Canadians who would actively take part in legal marijuana/smoke up. Best of all, more Canadians are more likely to use cannabis if it were to made legal. Got to love peer pressure.
So what changed to make Canadians so much more willing to legalize cannabis? Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, surmises that since Trudeau got elected, making "marijuana legalization... a likelihood rather than a vague promise," Canadians are looking at the issue in a new way, and considering the benefits rather than the negatives.
And the benefits, at least in an economic sense, really can't be ignored. Canada could create a market worth $5 billion if marijuana is legalized, as predicted by the Financial Post.
Then, of course, there is the obvious pros of being able to purchase marijuana from a regulated vendor, and never be fearful of being apprehended for carrying a small portion of cannabis.
When it comes to how legal marijuana could look in Canada and Montreal under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, check out our feature here.
Quebec students would've also favoured the Liberals and helped them win a minority government — though a much slimmer one — if they were able to vote, according to Student Vote Canada.
If students were able to cast ballots in the federal election, the Liberals would have won 116 seats nationally, forming a minority government. The official opposition would be the New Democratic Party (NDP), with 106 seats.
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While the Liberals would have won the election, they would've lost the popular vote to the NDP.
In Quebec, the Liberals would've won 38 seats, with the Bloc Québécois in second place at 20. The NDP was much worse off in Quebec, winning only 9 seats.
The Student Vote is an educational program that runs at the same time as the official election with the goal of teaching young people how to participate in the electoral process. The students get to cast a ballot exactly like the real thing and the votes are then counted.
More than 700,000 students from across Canada participated in this election's Student Vote.
Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 Federal Election, many of us living in Quebec might be wondering what the point of all this was. But no election is without some kind of meaning, especially for voters.
So, what did this election mean for the people of Quebec and what does a Liberal minority mean for the province?
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But it was one many Canadians were probably wondering... "When is the beard coming back?"
If you were a fan of the beard, we've got some bad news. The prime minister responded "hopefully never," so we'll likely be seeing a clean shaved Trudeau during his next four years in office.
This isn't the first time Trudeau's looks have been brought up before either — there's been everything from a viral video of Trudeau stroking his luscious locks taking over the internet to us all noticing how badly he needed a haircut when hairdressers were forced to close during the pandemic.