Kamloops MP McLeod set to press feds on pot, tax changes

By Greg Fry
September 18, 2017 - 2:14pm

KAMLOOPS — Now that parliament is back from its summer break, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod will be keeping a close eye on the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana next spring.

She says her biggest concern will be making sure they get the legislation "right."

"I'm concerned they're moving ahead too quickly. The chiefs of police say they don't have enough time to deal with issues such as impaired driving and making sure proper testing is in place and making sure their officers are properly trained."

McLeod adds another priority will be pressuring the government to drop its proposed changes to the tax system she feels are unfair to small businesses.

"I've spoken to a number of accountants who take care of small businesses, I've spoken to the ranchers and they're really, really concerned about the impact of the proposed changes on their ability to grow their businesses and to plan for retirement."

And in a rare show of unity in the House of Commons Monday, she says MPs shared tributes to Liberal MP Arnold Chan who recently lost his battle with cancer.

"You get to know all your colleagues and he was always impressive in terms of being a first class and kind person. He was committed to democracy and civility."

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