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In response to a question from a teenage student at a school in Brandon, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said marijuana was dangerous for young people because their minds are still developing, but that he believes regulating pot will make it safer for children. Conservative Justice Minister Peter MacKay said this statement was "appalling." Here's what readers said.

 

I guess MacKay wasn't taking questions about Conservatives' BFF Rob Ford... no tirade there...

-- NOTHARPERGOVT

 

Peter gives new meaning to "the Peter Principle." The lights are on but nobody's home.

-- 23589262

 

I wonder if Peter and the rest of the conservatives realize that people come into schools all the time to talk to kids about drugs?

Do you prefer to keep kids in the dark about societal debates/issues?

Or do you prefer they learn about stuff on the playground instead of an adult supervised venue?

-- 23729977

 

Justin Trudeau pitches drug legalization to kids but Canadian Press says Peter MacKay is "spouting off" on a "tirade."

-- Peter 12

 

Peter Mackay simply displays his ignorance of reality on this subject.

Pot as an illegal substance is MORE AVAILABLE to children than any of the legal substances. It's way, way easier today for a kid to get a doob than a bottle of rye.

The war on drugs has failed. It was lost before it was launched. Prohibition proves that you cannot legislate against demand. More people drank alcohol when it was illegal that when it became legal.

Canadians use more pot in a country where it's illegal than do citizens of countries where it's either legal or ignored.

And, as Mackay points out, there are much greater issues facing this land than pot use. So why is he spouting off on Trudeau's talking points?

-- Family Guy

 

I suppose Justin's response to the question should have been "Peter McKay gets upset when I give an honest response to a question." The Harper Conservatives have a bad reputation of not answering questions in a truthful straightforward manner and they should take this opportunity to learn from Justin Trudeau.

-- 23702312

 

Pull your head from your behind MacKay. It's marijuana not Ford's crack.

-- anonymity_personified

 

For someone with as little overall substantive political experience (except perhaps vicariously through his father) as Justin Trudeau, the Harper government sure is terrified of him.

Probably because he's one of the few things Harper can't control...

-- Spare Me

 

Why is JT talking about promoting legalizing marijuana TO SCHOOL CHILDREN?!?

This guy is a mental lightweight. Does he EVER think before he opens his yap, or does he just know that the media will apologize for him and not report the idiotic things he says?

-- 23730947

 

MacKay, sadly, is really just playing politics. American conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. used to argue for the legalization of marijuana. MacKay should know that this can be a real "conservative" position. But he's too busy bashing Trudeau.

-- 23598142

 

You can tell the Conservatives are running scared. Every criticism of JT is out of context and outright lies.

I would rather vote for someone who does not need prepared talking points, says what is really on their mind, and is in tune with today's issues rather than someone who lies, obfuscates, and kowtows to corporations.

-- BM

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 17, 2013 A10

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