There's also a health-care cost element to suggesting to young people that using illicit drugs is OK, the minister said.
"The fact of the matter is they're unhealthy," Mr. Clement said.
"They create poor health outcomes."
Well, we're not doing an outright ban on tobacco, fat, sugar, sedentary lifestyles, alcohol, etc. so I assume that Mr. Clement means that illicit drugs are unusually unhealthy because... err... well, because they're illegal, so there's no way to track down and punish people who cut them with dangerous substances like, say, rat poison. Solution? Make them more illegal!
"We're going to be into a different world and take tackling these issues very seriously because (of) the impact on the health and safety of our kids."
Ah, yes. The children. They need to be kept safe from the criminals who deal drugs! They're criminals because they deal drugs, whether or not they're doing anything that's actually endangering our children... and the gang violence! Yes, the gang violence... funded by the inflated prices of drugs caused by making them illegal.
Mr. Clement said treatment and prevention programs were his key priorities for the health element of the drug strategy.
"Yes, there's a justice issue to that," he said.
"But there's also a treatment issue, there's also a prevention issue."
Look, I think that there are a lot of drug users in this country who need help, but preventing and treating drug use through stricter bans is like controlling excessive drinking in the 1920s by continuing prohibition - it doesn't work... in fact, it does the opposite.
To his credit, it sounds like Clement did say at one point that he was in favour of safe-use sites for drug users... as far as policies within prohibition go, I think this is a relatively positive one, but the fact is that if Canada's government wants to help drug users, protect children and fight organized crime, stricter laws against drugs is the absolute last policy they should be considering.