by Marc Emery (16 Dec, 2005) Cannabis users' rights to privacy
The existence of the memo has been denied by the Liberal party. The Liberal party states that the memo is a fake.
An Executive Assistant to a sitting cabinet minister up for re-election came to Cannabis Culture with this Confidential Memorandum to all employees of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Confidential Memorandum to Employees.
On 12-09-2005 an executive motion from the leadership of the party was adopted that may or may not affect you. The executive motion is as follows:
(i) Sanctioned by the Executive Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada and put into effect by an executive motion; pursuant to the party's constitution and bylaws. Put into effect now, with a grace period until 01-26-2006. Employees and "paid members" of the Liberal Party of Canada shall refrain from consumption; in any form, of the narcotic substance called cannabis (marijuana).
(ii) This executive motion allows for in-office testing for the said substance. In addition employees suspected of other narcotic substance use may also be tested for the suspected substance.
(iii) Employees who have tested positive for scheduled substances may be terminated. Employees who have been terminated may appeal their termination.
(iv) If terminated under this executive motion he/she is entitled to full salary renumeration owed by the party.
I have scheduled testing at LPCBC for 01-26-2006 between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Thank you for your time.
Jamie Elmhirst, President
Liberal Party of Canada (BC)
The person who brought in this memo says "I smoke every day and it's going to force me to choose between my Party and my lifestyle. I've smoked pot with my minister, so I'll be curious to see if Cabinet Ministers are to be tested also."