Manipulating the public with carefully tailored fear is despicable. It’s also the entire first chapter in Stephen Harper’s playbook. He’s been incredibly successful in using fear as a weapon to motivate his own political base from the outset.
If you own a working television set chances are you’ve seen the Harper government’s anti-marijuana ad. It’s ostensibly the work of Health Canada but the ad bears the imprimatur of the Prime Minister’s Office because it’s based on falsehoods calculated to scare gullible parents.
An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm (Read more…)
This latest anti-drug propaganda public service ad from the Harper regime is not being well received. Here is a sampling of the critical reaction culled from You Tube:
- “As a Canadian taxpayer, I’m highly offended that my money contributed to this mass disinformation, which amounts to nothing more than scare tactics. It’s time for the government to drop the political motives that are clearly behind these types of messages about drugs, and instead embrace an opinion that is based on public health.”
-”What a weak argument – ’300 – 400% stronger than it was 30 years ago’. Now (Read more…)
Washington took recreational marijuana off the state criminal books two years ago. Last night voters in Alaska and Oregon followed suit. California is expected to do the same in 2016.
Imagine. British Columbia, the province once known for “B.C. Bud”, could be the last jurisdiction on the Pacific Coast to have a criminal prohibition against marijuana growing, possession and/or sale. And that, like so many other things that grate on British Columbians, is because the power to change is held by Ottawa – and held over our heads, as usual.
Ottawa has final say, sort of. Law enforcement agencies (Read more…)
In April of this year, an ambulance was called to 24 Sussex Drive, after a teenage girl had consumed too much alcohol. No charges were laid, despite the fact that she was underage.
The occasion was a birthday party for Stephen Harper’s son Ben, and the official response was that the Harpers were just a normal family. Yes, apparently all normal families ply teenagers with enough alcohol, that they have to be rushed to hospital, apparently suffering from alcohol poisoning.
(The image above is our Justice Minister Peter MacKay and his beer bong)
The other day I wrote about how horrified and disgusted I was to see Stephen Harper's Cons trying to use doctors to attack Justin Trudeau. By inviting them to endorse an anti-marijuana ad campaign clearly designed to reinforce their own filthy and misleading attack ads. Well now the country three main medical organizations have delivered their answer: no thank you Great Leader. Read more »
Well as you know Julian Fantino is the worst Veterans Affairs Minister this country has ever known. An incompetent bully if ever there was one. But now he has a new cause. Saving us and the children of Canada from the dastardly Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted with our safety. He's soft on crime, pro-marijuana legalization, & now consorts with religious extremists. — Julian Fantino (@JulianFantino) August 6, 2014
There is apparently no sordid depth to which Stephen Harper will not stoop or plunge, no sewer he will not crawl through, in his depraved and desperate attempt to smear and destroy Justin Trudeau. He's called him a girly man, a junkie and a terrorist. And now he's trying to use doctors to attack Trudeau's position on marijuana. Read more »
The editorial board of America’s “newspaper of record” has called for Washington to repeal federal laws prohibiting marijuana. The New York Times says it’s time to end America’s second prohibition:
It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.
In, albeit not their sleaziest act, the Harper government blanketed the Ontario federal riding of Scarborough-Agincourt with flyers, aimed at the Liberals, for the upcoming bi-election.
Not unusual during an election campaign.
What made these flyers beyond the pale, was their content. Hoping to tap into the abundant immigrant community for votes, they suggest that Justin Trudeau will encourage their children to smoke pot, by making it available in stores.
Hemp has enormous potential to help us build an ecologically sound society. It can replace most uses of tree-derived paper products and lumber, thus saving vast amounts of forests. It can eliminate and replace most uses of synthetic fibres, which are used in clothing, furniture, carpets and textiles, and virtually all uses of plastics, […]
Consider the context: Justin Trudeau has adopted the brave stance to support marijuana legalization after it became Liberal policy at a the 2012 convention. Since then, the Conservatives have blasted Trudeau relentlessly in talking points and ads, particularly to their base, featuring rather conspiratorial “think of the children!” themes. To the base, it can be a great issue to demagogue on. . However, (Read more…)
Hey, hey – whatever happened to Harper’s Reefer Madness? Word from Elmer’s unfortunate boy, Peter MacKay, is that the Harper regime is looking to backpeddle on its get tough on drugs policy. Perhaps running scared from Justin Trudeau, the Tories want to make simple pot possession a ticket offence instead of a full-blown Criminal Code matter.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay told reporters on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning he has tasked the justice department “with looking at and coming forward with what could be a draft legislation.”
“We have not arrived on the exact mechanism in which (Read more…)
President Barack Obama may not be a covert anti-colonialist “Manchurian candidate” from Kenya, but he sure does act like it, according to conservative author Ann Coulter. “I know we’ve spent seven years trying to persuade right-wingers, no,…
Your intrepid blogger with one of the wholesome and touristic murals of Legal, Alberta – evidence Civilization As We Know It survives in Canada, thank goodness! Note the crowds of tourists. Below: Perfesser Dave; Mural on the Legal Post Office; Mural on the wall of Denver Airport; So, do you stand with civilization (Legal murals), or Colorado chaos (legal marijuana)?
MEMORANDUM: Suggested Federal Tory Campaign Strategy
TO: CPC Strategical Staff, Prime Minister’s Office
FROM: Perfesser Dave, Political Consultant
Reefer Madness hit Colorado and Washington State yesterday, the first day of 2014. As a result, civilization as we know it (Read more…)
I have already written about trust in corporate media tanking. Now we can see a turned tide in pot use. And in Canada prostitution is no longer illegal. We are either entering a time of abject moral decay, or a shift away from uptightness.
With the Supreme Court striking down Canada’s prostitution laws, they have forced the issue into the public sphere. Within a year, Parliament has to decide to pass new laws regarding prostitution, or decide not to. Undoubtedly this is going to be a highly politicized topic and much like the Liberals new stance on marijuana is going to mean the 2015 election is going to have some elements of the culture wars in it.
The positioning has only barely gotten started yet so we can’t comment too authoritatively on how the politics is going play out federally. Prostitution is actually a (Read more…)
It's a small country of just over three million people wedged between Argentina and Brazil. But little Uruguay has just done what other bigger countries have never dared to do: legalize the production and sale of marijuana. And for that I see is already attracting the unwanted attention of the Drug Czars at the United Nations. Read more »
… and then there are Conservative Party of Canada lies and misrepresentations! And the latter category can contain some whoppers!!! This is what has me pissed off: Please find below a statement from the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Yesterday we learned that Justin Trudeau’s Chief Financial Officer and senior […]