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JUSTIN Trudeau’s ad­mis­sion that he has smoked mar­i­juana re­ally lit up the comment boards. Ju­nior Trudeau is prov­ing him­self to be a flake more and more ev­ery day. This coun­try needs se­ri­ous politi­cians and peo­ple with solid prin­ci­ples.

— Peter 12 Good lord Peter, even for an old duf­fer you sound pompous and out of touch. Tra­di­tion­ally “se­ri­ous politi­cians... with solid prin­ci­ples” would do favours for their fi­nan­cial backers, have af­fairs with their subor­di­nates, lie at elec­tion time, and abuse al­co­hol while de­mand­ing harsh penal­ties on oth­ers who do any of th­ese things.

— de­hall Peter MacKay’s com­ments on this story were in­ter­est­ing. I won­der if Christy Clark is fit to be the leader of Bri­tish Columbia af­ter run­ning a red light with her son in the car. This ac­tion is also against the law and can re­ally hurt peo­ple. One toke off a party joint, not so much. Mr. MacKay, you are un­fit to be the leader of a pack of don­keys.

— Grainken Sorry, pot is il­le­gal in Canada. The mes­sage you’re send­ing to the na­tion is if you don’t agree with our laws don’t lis­ten to them. I wish that could be ap­plied to tax laws: Sure, I’m sup­posed to pay my taxes, but I didn’t.

— GreatFlatLand2

“Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper, asked about the ad­mis­sion Thurs­day, said Trudeau’s ac­tions ‘ speak for them­selves.’ ”

Trans­la­tion: I re­ally have no clever spin to try to dis­tract you from my own in­com­pe­tence at this mo­ment. Once I re­ceive my next set of ver­bal smears/ talk­ing points from my 3,000- strong com­mu­ni­ca­tions staff I’ll get back to you.

— 23729977 Don’t worry, this was an ex­pe­ri­ence when he was a young, naive, hyp­ocrite — you know, af­ter he was a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

— Old Flin Flon Per­haps in­stead of be­ing hon­est and forth­right he should have just put on a sweater vest.

— JustWon­der­ing “By flout­ing the laws of Canada while hold­ing elected of­fice, he shows he is a poor ex­am­ple for all Cana­di­ans.”

Cons in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. The Harper party didn’t say that when Wright tried to buy Duffy’s si­lence with $ 90,000 or when Wallin was spend­ing her time fundrais­ing.

— NOTHARPERGOVT I’m part of that older gen­er­a­tion that votes. All of my con­tem­po­raries be­lieve pot is in­nocu­ous and should be le­gal­ized. Cer­tainly my cir­cle is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the ma­jor­ity of “older” Cana­di­ans. So why are politi­cians so re­luc­tant to go there? I’m glad to see Trudeau has been can­did and hope he does not change his stripes for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency.

I do not agree with the com­ments ap­plaud­ing Trudeau. He broke the law. Most of you seem to for­get that.

As of to­day smok­ing mar­i­juana is il­le­gal. Pe­riod. If the law is changed so be it but you can­not break the law just be­cause you do not agree with it. He is an elected of­fi­cial and has to up­hold the laws as they are now. If he is elected he has the op­por­tu­nity to change those laws.

— Moose449 Moose: Re­mem­ber when adul­tery was against the law? What hap­pened? Ev­ery­body ig­nored it and the po­lice stopped en­forc­ing it.

— JustWon­der­ing The “law is the law” ar­gu­ment is noth­ing but a sign of a lazy in­tel­lect. An ex­cuse to turn your brain off and let your­self be cod­dled by the govern­ment. Of course that doesn’t mean all laws should be ig­nored but when the law in ques­tion has no base in re­al­ity and the pub­lic to which the govern­ment SERVES sta­tis­ti­cally wants the law to be changed, then yes it’s time for some civil dis­obe­di­ence and for that law to be IG­NORED.

— OpenMind1 Justin just lost most of the white male over- 70 vote, not that he had it any­way. The up­side is he prob­a­bly picked up an­other 10% of the un­der- 50 vote.

— Riverview guy

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