The latest attack on the Wildrose by the provincial Tories.
A dramatized account of a non-existent conversation in the premier’s communications office
Staffer A: “So, we accused her of playing politics on flood recovery, but that didn’t get any traction, what else can we criticize her for?”
Staffer B: “I dunno.”
Staffer C: “I’ve got it! Justin Trudeau wants to legalize pot.”
C: “Don’t you remember? Danielle wrote once that she was in favour of legalization. It’s timely, and a big distinction between the premier and Team Angry™.”
A: “Wait, wasn’t that like ten years –”
B: “And didn’t we convince a lot of progressives to vote for –”
C (waving off the naysayers, exiting room): “It’ll be perfect. We’ll use photoshop, put both their heads on the page next to their quotes, send it on Twitter. It’s gold!”
In my head, that’s how the conversation went when deciding to put together the above photo.
I get it. Premier Alison Redford and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith disagree on marijuana, and pot is hot right now.
But I don’t really think this is a hill to die on for provincial partisans.
For one, even if Danielle Smith were premier, and were in favour of legalization, as she wrote 10 years ago, she can’t change the Criminal Code.
Two, there’s no evidence decriminalization or legalization will lead to increased use, or unsafe communities.
Smith wrote those words as a columnist 10 years ago, and she hasn’t exactly hidden her libertarian leanings.
Further to that, public opinion is on Smith’s side in this debate.
And the premier’s reference to ticketing involves possessing small amounts of pot, a proposal pitched by the country’s chiefs of police.
While I don’t believe their proposal is a good idea, because it doesn’t go far enough, I will note for the premier that we’re talking about people with an ounce or less. These people are not a danger to our communities.
There are even reports that suggest it’s the position advocated by the premier that is the cause of violence. (Hat tip for the link to another guy named Breakenridge.)
I also wonder how all the self-styled progressives who helped Redford win the Tory leadership and the province’s top office feel about her hardline stance.
The case for decriminalization or legalization is there. And if the premier’s staff feel it’s worth these cheap stunts that open them up for a sound mocking, hey, bring it on.