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Premier Clark and Ben Stewart mingle with public before election night

July 10, 2013 - 10:55 AM

KELOWNA - Campaigning is over but Premier Christy Clark and Ben Stewart were still out mingling with public at Kelowna's Gio Bean Cafe this morning. Clark says the only message she's voicing today is for constituents to get out and vote.

But she was still challenged to address controversial claims made by the NDP about the distribution of an anti-smoking drug designed to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

"It's for doctor's to decide how they're going to prescribe that... it is not a political decision and never should be," she says. The NDP recently suggested the Liberal government had a hand in halting research on the drug Champix

"What the NDP is suggesting is absolutely nonsense. To suggest that politicians are involved in approving drugs or not approving drugs is just nonsense. We don't do it, we can't do it, we shouldn't do it," she says.

Clark was then asked about legalization of marijuana.

"You know what, I'm going to leave that to the federal government," she says, adding her primary focus is eliminating the provincial debt and lowering taxes.

Did Clark vote for herself?

"No I didn't, I'm not elligible," she says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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