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Justin Trudeau's admission that he has smoked marijuana really lit up the comment boards.

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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.

-- anonymity_personified

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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 25, 2013 A10

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