Emery on 60 Minutes
This is a great episode--do check it out!
Thank you for your letter about the possible extraction of Marc Emery, Gregory Keith Williams, and Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek to the United States. The federal NDP opposes the extradition of these 3 Canadians. We believe it is wrong to extradite people for an offence that would not - and in this case, did not - result in them being charged in Canada.
In the U.S. they face a minimum 10-year sentence which could be raised to a life sentence. The federal NDP believes we should not be sending individuals to face harsh punishment in another country when we have agreed as a society their actions are not worthy of prosecution here in Canada. I urge Justice Minister Irwin Cotler to consider Canadian justice in his decision and not be swayed by the laws and practices of the U.S.
This case once again points to the confusing and contradictory nature of the federal Liberal government's marijuana laws. We should recognize that the arrests of these Canadian citizens is more related to political pressure on Canada to cooperate with the U.S. war on drugs than on any harm that has been created by the actions of these individuals.
Thank you again for taking the time to write on this important issue.
Libby Davies MP
NDP Spokesperson for Drug Policy