Thousands of YouTube.com viewers posted their questions, and voted upon them, in anticipation of watching Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, answer them last night on the popular video sharing site. But the popularity of one question far exceeded the rest. Here’s the question:
A majority of Canadians, when polled, say they believe alcohol should be illegal, just like marijuana. Why don’t you start a war on alcohol and focus on non-violent criminals?
Here is Harper’s answer: Read more
The issue of recreational cannabis legalization will jump to the front of the queue of issues facing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper this coming week. As reported in the Straight.com last week, elected members Canada’s House of Commons, from all three non-secessionist political parties having seats in Canada’s Parliament (Conservative, Liberal, and NDP), will deliver petitions signed by tens of thousands of Canadians demanding that Canada’s Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson (Conservative), deny a request to extradite Marc Emery to the U.S.A.. Emery, a Canadian citizen and resident of Vancouver, has been charged not under any Canadian law but under U.S. federal laws for selling cannabis seeds to Americans via mail order. Also, as reported in this blog last Thursday, March 11, 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has accepted google.com’s request to answer the most popular questions put to him by users of YouTube.com this coming Tuesday, March 16, 2010. As I explain below, each of these events ties the PM and his government to the rails in front of an oncoming, smoke-puffing cannabis steam train; a peace train face to face with America’s war on drugs. Read more
“It sounded like a good idea at the time”. I fully expect those to be the words beginning to thrum in the mind of Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, following his announced acceptance of Google’s offer to stream his response to the throne speech today, and to answer YouTubers’ questions on YouTube next Tuesday, March 16th. It is a decision that has put him in an uncomfortable spot with respect to the issue of marijuana legalization. Read more
In August of 2009, members of Freedom Party of Ontario (an duly registered political party in the Province of Ontario, Canada, of which I am currently leader) commenced a non-partisan No Tax for Pan Am campaign: Yes to the Games, No to using tax revenues to pay for the games. The campaign got a fair bit of attention (see the official web site: www.notaxforpanam.com ) but time and budget limitations limited the campaign’s reach/effectiveness. Another factor: a door to door campaign was made infeasible by the bid committee’s increasing of the geographic area occupied by the games. Freedom Party having defeated London, Ontario’s 1984 bid for the 1991 Pan Am Games, the bid committee for the Toronto 2015 games (led by 80’s era Liberal MPP David Peterson, who was also Premier in the late 1980s) spread the venues across towns spanning over 100 kilometres. Read more