Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Que-Legislature-Back

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Que-Legislature-Back

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MONTREAL - Cannabis, identity politics and systemic racism are all on the menu as Quebec's legislature resumes today after its summer recess.

And with one year to go until the 2018 election, the province's four main parties have another big task -- making themselves palatable to the voting public.

Concordia University political science professor Guy Lachapelle says polls have consistently placed the governing Liberals in first place since the 2014 election, but they remain stuck in minority territory.

He says the dissent vote hasn't coalesced behind any of the three main opposition parties.

One issue facing the legislature is how the government will legislate the control and distribution of marijuana.

Ontario plans to open 150 dedicated marijuana stores run by the province's liquor control board, but it remains to be seen if Quebec will allow the private sector to get in on the action. …

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