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Justin Trudeau: Canada's (Future) Pothead 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.")