Thursday, August 22, 2013

UPDATED: Let The Hysteria Begin

While I have real doubts about Justin Trudeau's leadership qualities, I have to give him credit for a degree of openness almost non-existent in politicians. While surely well-aware of the political consequences, he has admitted to smoking pot since he became an M.P. He said that he made this admission for the purposes of full transparency.

The response from the Harperites has been both swift and predictable, at a time when even the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (see video below) are advocating handing out tickets for pot possession:

Justice Minister Peter MacKay said that smoking pot as an MP demonstrated "a profound lack of judgment" on Trudeau's part.

"By flouting the laws of Canada while holding elected office, he shows he is a poor example for all Canadians, particularly young ones. Justin Trudeau is simply not the kind of leader our country needs," MacKay said in a statement.

Meanwhile, you might like to read this AlterNet article that gives 10 frightening examples of why the 'war on drugs' is far too costly.

UPDATE: Many thanks to LeDaro for alerting me to this video, a discussion on Power and Politics about Trudeau's revelation. I couldn't help but note the short leash the party put Conservative M.P. Blake Richards on as he evades questions and only repeats points.


  1. The Conservative response has been predictable. But I suspect that the majority of Canadians will applaud Trudeau's admission, Lorne. At least he's not claiming -- like Bill Clinton -- that he didn't inhale.

    1. I think you are probably right, Owen. I suspect the contrast with Conservative modus operandi of subterfuge, secrecy, evasion and diversion will be striking to many.

  2. The Conservatives are hardly in a position to complain about "flouting the laws of Canada while holding elected office". I think the Canadian public will agree that "smoking pot" is a relatively mild transgression when compared to Conservative misdeeds .....

    1. Precisely, Rene; the Conservative capacity for rank and shameless hypocrisy surely cannot escape people's notice.

  3. .. always good to hear from Peter MacKay on matters that have somehow seeped or leaked through his stolid or squalid dura mater .. I'm certainly not the brightest knife in the drawer, so surely most of Canada is noticing that MacKay is about as useful as a paperweight made of dried fake canada goose snot.

    Unfortunately, his snotworthy 'legacy' is blowing in the downdraft of imaginary helicopters, churned by stealth snow MacVehicles and about as blustery and bogus as that of Treasury Tony Clement and the late lamented zombified other Peter.. Petered out Kent .. our dear and caring environmentalist

    Why everyone is piling on poor Pammy Wallin or Mikey Duffy.. when they are simply ornamental and plump red Alliance herring with wings and double chins is beyond me.. In the field of opportunity, the really plump turkeys are out there gobbling & strutting in plain sight..

    Fantino would be a fantastic feast.. and his lovely mysterious PMO compadre Stephen Lecce too.. plus the red goatee robo dude from Alberta

    Keith Ashfield is a complete documented disaster waiting for a journalist or Frankie James to fricassee

    Kenney rhymes with and lives with Mummy .. enuff said

    Baird is getting a free pass for being gay .. Policy wise he's a glib asshat bullyboy
    with the ethics, courage, morality and usefulness of a leaky septic tank located near a lake

    That leaves us with petro circus barker, stock broker, lawyer, millionaire energy pimp Joe Oliver, Flaherty.. and strutting master Stephen Harper, his zombie trolls in the PMO and, the electoral dataminers and lesser quislings and remoras that like Peter MacKay.. thrive on eating Stevie's easterner shite .. along with the dung beetle Flanagans, Jenni Byrne's, Arthur Hamilton's and REAL Women et al .. those paramours and pretenders of Canadian Western Values that stand up for a political party that is a holding tank for swimming mutating unsentient creatures that define political animal evolution in swine excrement excellence..

    Deary me.. I hope I haven't been too hard on Peter Mackay..
    but swapping this pimply arsed entitled poser off from Defense of the land and China, to Justice left me gasping at the poetic brilliance of Stephen and Ray Novak..
    So why not shuffle Fantino to pro-China Environment too ? He's an expert at 'containment' after all

    And .. how did American Tom Flanagan fall so far he never made it to Great White Ottawa Chief of Indian Affairs and related treaty exterminator/fumigator ??

    My goodness .. !! We haven't even gotten to the closets at Sussex Drive..
    Who's clothes are those.. in the Royal Harper walk in closets ? Incroyable !!

    How all these so called Canadians line up against Canada and Canadians and defend the toxic tainted deceits of Torontonian Stephen Harper simply blows me away.. I really have yet to comprehend how a sniff or whiff of power makes creating, then eating .. shite, acceptable.. or leads to appearances on the front page of magazines

    1. It is always a pleasure to read your searing, acerbic and penetrating analyses, Salamander. Your use of allusion, simile and metaphor as you target the Harperites is all very evocative. As I have sometimes done in past commentary, with your permission I shall soon post this as a separate guest post.