SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The Conservatives are dismissing a new poll suggesting two thirds of Canadians support the legalization of pot.
The drug remains a prominent issue in the federal election campaign.
How people respond to a poll on pot legalization depends on how the question is framed, according to former Conservative MP Stockwell Day.
“The very thought that in neighbourhoods and at street-corner stores, you’d be able to have fairly easy access to marijuana products — when people are asked that question, it’s not quite the same reaction,” says Day.
“When people realize this huge increase or prevalence of easily available marijuana products… they get a little bit nervous.”
He insists his party’s position to keep the drug illegal won’t cost it votes.
Day spoke to the media at a campaign event related to increased anti-gang funding in Surrey, where local candidate Harprit Singh opened with a shot at Justin Trudeau’s comment earlier this week that he would look to legalize pot right away, if the Liberals form government.