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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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Even the Red Toronto Star felt obligated to write:

Honesty is good in itself. And Trudeau should be lauded for doing a rare thing in contemporary politics: answering a direct question forthrightly. 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. As a legislator he’s in an excellent position to change bad laws. Breaking them is hardly prime ministerial.

If Justin won’t heed the words of the nation’s biggest liberal paper, maybe he’ll listen to his mom — notorious hippie ex-party girl (and truly bipolar) Margaret:

“I loved marijuana. I was a hippie in the ’60s,” Trudeau said with a laugh.

“I started smoking at a young age. I took to it like a duck to water. Strawberry Fields Forever and all that.” (…)

“Marijuana can trigger psychosis,” said Trudeau. “Every time I was hospitalized it was preceded by heavy use of marijuana.”

Trudeau was hospitalized three times for mental illness. (…)

Part of the hard work for Trudeau has been completely giving up the use of marijuana, something she once thought made her feel “wonderful.”

“I miss it,” she said of the pot- smoking. “It is a daily struggle. If it’s around, I just don’t stay around.”

Anyway, Canadians are no different than Americans, in that our political junkies love playing “Can you imagine if this news was about the other guy?!” as much as you do.

The PMO was quick to issue an anticipatory statement, noting primly that the prime minister’s asthma “precludes him from smoking anything.”

And it’s pretty hard for anyone on either side of the aisle to imagine square, uptight Star Trek nerd Stephen Harper ever getting high.

Well, maybe…

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(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 14th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).

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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.
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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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