Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Scandalous War on Marijuana
Well I'm sure you remember how last fall Stephen Harper and his Cons launched a massive advertising blitz aimed at the parents of teenagers who use marijuana.
Whose exaggerated claims resembled the 1936 movie Reefer Madness.
And had worried parents wondering whether they should consult a brain surgeon or a plumber...
And had other Canadians laughing their heads off:
And I'm sure you remember how the Cons tried to get doctors to endorse that campaign, only to get a slap in the face.
The main groups representing Canadian doctors have declared they will not participate in Health Canada's upcoming anti-drug campaign targeting young people.
“We did not, and do not, support or endorse any political messaging or political advertising on this issue.”
Because like many Canadians they could see it was just a way to try to back up the Con attack ads aimed at Justin Trudeau.
Which just happened to be running at the same time...
And couldn't be more misleading or disgusting.
Well today we found out how much that advertising blitz cost, and it's absolutely scandalous.
Newly released figures show the Conservative government spent more than $7 million on a 12-week anti-drug advertising campaign that ended earlier this month. That's more money than Health Canada spent advertising all its programs and services combined in the previous 2013-14 fiscal year.
Not just because of the enormous amount of money they spent. But also because they seem to believe that marijuana is the greatest health threat in Canada.
The $7 million spent on the government's anti-pot ads dwarfed the $5.2 million Health Canada spent advertising in the previous year on a host of issues, including food safety, immunization, adverse drug reactions and the health and safety of Canadians.
And that binge drinking isn't the greatest drug problem teenagers in this country face.
For obvious reasons...
But hypocrisy is one thing, and putting politics before such things as food safety is another.
The Cons really are the worst and most dangerous government in Canadian history.
And for the safety of our children, and our own.
We can't fire them or recall them soon enough...
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