… And Avoid Going to Copps
That was the terribly witty headline in The Winnipeg Sun this morning. Never mind the snarky double-entendre; both are welcome developments arising from this past weekend’s LPC convention in
From scanning some of the news stories about the convention and, more importantly, the blogs of those who attended, it seems there’s a promising hope of revival emerging from the doomed wreckage of the last federal election.
A lot of media pundits seem to be complaining about the dearth of thrilling new policy for them to chew on. Well, perhaps… but so what? There will be plenty of time for that to take new form in due course. For now, the most important thing was simply to demonstrate that the party isn’t a totally lost cause or terminally foregone conclusion, and in that regard, it seems to have been a modest success.
Every now and again I feel the need to advocate for the cause of marijuana de-criminalization (if not outright legalization) if for no other reason than because the arguments bolstering the demonstrably failed, multi-billion dollar “War on Drugs” are so maddeningly hypocritical, irrational, and completely unsupported by pesky facts or evidence of any kind.
Would it be too much to ask that, as Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance suggests, we too might once again have a serious discussion in this country about the issue? There was some hope of that not too long ago back in the dark days of Liberal budget surpluses and near full employment, but quite possibly not now if the posturing of the Harper government’s latest slick anti-drug campaign is any indication of things to come…
From a political perspective, if the Liberals are looking for ways to distinguish themselves from the present regime — presuming they are still actually trying to do that — coming down unequivocally on the side of “liberalization” of our drug policies might well provide them with an issue that would not only help put some significant daylight between the LPC and the hypocritical social “nannyism” of the so-called Conservatives, but may even attract the support of the all-important, but most usually disaffected independents.
The number one policy question on Change.gov was: “Will you consider leagalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs.”
And here’s the answer given by President Obama at his first virtual “World Wide”
Town Web Hall meeting.
Not surprising in the least, but disappointing nonetheless.
So, any bets on who will be the first leader to hold their own “virtual town hall meeting” here in Canada…