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Justin Trudeau: Canada’s (Future) Pothead PM?

If one dope smoker can make it to the White House, then surely another one can get elected prime minister of Canada?

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Kathy Shaidle

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August 27, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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At an establishment conservative confab in D.C. a while back, someone asked me if Canadians could possibly be stupid enough to throw over Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper for an unaccomplished, photogenic airhead like Justin Trudeau, based solely on that particular Liberal MP’s particular arrangement of DNA molecules.

I nodded in the general direction of what I hoped was the White House and replied:

“Who’ve you got, then?”

What Americans have got in Obama is, for one thing, an unapologetic member of the “Choom Gang,” as his dope-smoking college pals dubbed themselves.

You guys went from “I didn’t inhale” to “Damn right I did” in one generation, so I doubt recent not-so-shocking revelations about Justin Trudeau’s little pot habit could keep him out of 24 Sussex Drive.

After all, Canada is much much more relaxed about marijuana use than the U.S is.

However, we’re not as casual about it as you may think. The situation is a bit… bipolar.

The fact is, when Justin Trudeau toked up “three years ago” (cough), he not only broke the law, but did so as a sitting member of Parliament.

Conservative Justice Minister Peter MacKay commented:

“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.”

(Which prompted our version of Bill Maher — comedian-commentator Rick Mercer — to tweet “a dorky picture of the justice minister from the 1989 Dalhousie law school yearbook, drinking from a beer bong.”)

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And his Mom was a Mick Jagger groupie. That's enough to mess up anyone's DNA.
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Do you apply the same oddly prim standards to Toronto's Conservative Mayor, Mr. Ford, who yesterday boasted that he's smoked "a lot" of marijuana?
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"But, notwithstanding the failings of Canada’s current pot policy, his response reveals a lack of judgment and a disregard for the law and his duty as a parliamentarian to uphold it."

Well, from this side of the border we have a fellow who as a legislator voted "Present" while taking money from the rich and powerful before campaigning against them, then as leader show a blatant disregard for the law and his responsibility to uphold it. And folks voted him a second term.

So, much as I recall fondly my time in Canada decades ago, anything is possible. And, as elkhound writes, "Democracies love their ruling dynasties." How else could (yet) another Kennedy, with little in his resume, win a Congressional seat against a candidate with an accomplished military and business background?
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The economy in Canada is doing rather well considering the global recession, so why not fall in the footsteps of the US?

Electing a rich dandy-boy part-time drama teacher, with a CV thinner than a shampoo pamphlet, in a country that aims to be the planet 3rd biggest energy producer/supplier. What could go wrong? You have your part-time 'constitutional' lecturer, now let us have our part-time drama teacher. So there.
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The apple does not fall far from the tree doesn't it? That is why some tries that don't give good fruit have to be chopped and thrown into the fire.
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It's not Trudeau's pot smoking that bothers me -- it's his dressing up in a jalabiya and reciting the Shahada in a Surrey mosque. Now that's a problem. (His catering to extremist Islamic groups is in the same category.)
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Indeed.I smoke pot-it doesn't make me impervious to reason.Trudeau is impervious to reason because he chooses to be.He opts for stupidity to pander to those he holds in contempt,but whose votes he needs.Every time he opens his trap,it's to find another way of saying,"Vote for me,you stupid cattle."Anyone who does,is.
47 weeks ago
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I think S. J. Harper and the Conservatives will have some fun with Shiny Pony.
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I thought his father was the first pothead PM.
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And his Mom was a Mick Jagger groupie. That's enough to mess up anyone's DNA.
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Pot goes with anything -- airheadedness, Clarence Thomasness, Douglas Ginsburgness, Olympic championness, probably George Bushness -- so let's get over using it as an indicator of one thing only.
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Random drug testing for members of Parliament! The House of Commons Cannabis scandal - which is the stoner party, NDP or Liberals?
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Democracies love their ruling dynasties.
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