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‘Build a wall around the GTA’: Brampton councillor channels Donald Trump in campaign against pot shops


​‘Build a wall around the GTA’: Brampton councillor channels Donald Trump in campaign against pot shops

Brampton Guardian Graeme Fisque January 15, 2019

Brampton Coun. Charmaine Williams is borrowing one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tag lines in her ongoing campaign against recreational pot shops in not just Brampton, but the whole GTA.

In a release issued Tuesday (Jan. 15) entitled “Build a wall around the GTA to protect neighbourhoods from the pot shop Invasion,” Williams added to her existing Not in Our H​ood campaign aimed at drumming up support against cannabis retail stores in Brampton.

She is now expanding her objections and campaign to the rest of the GTA.

“If you believe like me that this process is too rushed, too dangerous and too much like an invasion then I ask you to join me in protecting neighbourhoods across the GTA,“ she said in the release.

“Councillor Charmaine Williams is calling on all GTA municipal councils to build a political wall to protect against what she calls a ‘pot shop invasion,’ ” added the release. "Last week we learned that 17,000 individuals and companies applied to be included in the retail cannabis lottery held by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Adding a little political theatre into the mix, the first-term councillor for wards 7 and 8 hosted a media event at city hall on Tuesday morning featuring a wall of reclaimed bricks as a prop, which she said represented each GTA community.

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