Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is a Canadian Liberal Member of Parliament.
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith has been the Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York since 2015. Nate has always been in favour of pragmatic, evidence-based, and compassionate solutions to protect vulnerable people. He believes that the war on drugs has failed. Nate is a co-chair of the all-party cannabis caucus, and as a member of the Liberal caucus, Nate was one of the leading proponents of the legalization of marijuana and has introduced private members’ bills calling for the decriminalization or legalization of all drugs. It was partly on the basis of one of these private members’ bills that the Liberal government introduced Bill C-22, which would have ended a number of mandatory minimum sentences and allowed police officers more discretion when dealing with drug offenders. While Bill C-22 did not go as far as Nate would have liked, he will continue to be a strong voice in parliament, working across party lines on this important issue and to forge a consensus in the name of public health. In 2017, he appeared on an episode of Political Blind Date regarding cannabis legalization, with Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, and will be appearing in another upcoming episode of PBD in early 2022.