I really would love to emphasize that the consequences actually are quite severe in the sense that it's not just our reputation. It's not just Canada's standing on the global international scene. If we violate international law we are actually undermining the best mechanism we have to get countries to work together and solve some of the biggest challenges we face in the world. One only needs to think about examples like serious use of chemical weapons, or North Korea testing nuclear weapons, or even closer to home, the United States imposing illegal trade barriers against softwood lumber. Canada wants to be in a position that we are able to rely on our fellow countries, our partners around the world, to follow these rules that make Canadians safer, that make Canadian businesses prosper, yet it's very difficult for Canada to be taking moral stances on international laws if Canada is also violating them.
In my mind, it's very clear that Canada can't pick and choose which international treaties to follow without encouraging other countries to do the same. When one thinks of the global context of this, I know it's just one law, it's just to do with cannabis, it's just drugs, but I think Canadians, and I think all of you probably do care about international law when it comes to things like nuclear weapons, when it comes to human rights abuses. We can't pick and choose without encouraging other countries to do the same.