Monday, May 07, 2018

How Andrew Scheer Is Trying To Kill The Marijuana Bill

I watched Andrew Scheer's appearance last night on Tout Le Monde En Parle, Quebec's biggest talk show.

And although I thought his French was (slightly) better than I had imagined it would be, his fifteen minute appearance can only be described as a bust, or a snooze fest.

If you understand French you can watch it here.

But if you don't, I think the looks on the faces of those trapped in the studio with him will tell you all you need to know.

With the well known film director Denys Arcand, who was seated right next to him, not even bothering to say a word to him throughout the entire interview.

And Scheer forced to defend his positions on such subjects as abortion, gay marriage, assisted dying, guns, and Big Oil, which wasn't easy...

Since most Quebecers disagree with his position on all those subjects.

And then there was the invitation he received to attend Montreal's Gay Pride Parade...

Which had the studio audience roaring with laughter, but no doubt had Scheer's inner homophobe squirming like an eel.

And to add to his humiliation, there was almost no media coverage of his appearance.

With the even the most pro-Con paper, the Journal de Montréal, preferring to focus on another segment where the guests debated the pros and cons of baloney. 

Rather than bore their readers with anything Scheer said.

Although there was one thing he did say which I thought was interesting. 

When asked about his position on marijuana, he admitted that he had tried it when he was young.

Quickly adding he hoped his father wasn't watching...

But refused to rule out making it a criminal offence if the Liberals manage to pass their bill to make it legal, but he becomes Prime Minister after the next election.

Which is further than he has ever gone before, and makes only too clear what Scheer and his Con senators are trying to do by stalling the marijuana bill, as Dan Leger explains here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal government will make marijuana legal this year and that’s a promise. Fair enough. But there’s a problem. 

The opposition Conservatives don’t want pot to be legal, apparently because they don’t approve of such pungent forms of euphoria. So if it isn’t legalized soon and if the Conservatives win power next year, recreational weed will stay in the criminal books.

By killing it slowly and stealthily.

The Conservatives don’t have to defeat the marijuana bill to achieve their goal. They only have to delay long enough that the bill gets sucked into the engines of the 2019 election campaign, where it will get chewed up and possibly ejected. 

So we might have to wait until 2020 until weed is legalized, if ever. Just because Scheer and his Cons are living in the past.

Legalization will make weed run rampant in the schools, they say. Growing four plants indoors will create toxic moulds that are somehow not triggered by other kinds of plants. Legal pot will double the number of traffic deaths. It’s Reefer Madness!

And there is nothing those scummy Con sadists enjoy more than sending Canadians, especially younger ones, to jail...

Which is the very definition of reefer madness, but does make the choice in the next election even clearer.

Vote for this maniac so he can turn Canada into a prison...

Where he truly belongs.

Or vote for this one...

So he can end this reefer madness once and for all...


  1. Anonymous6:04 PM

    Weird cause Hebert bent over backwards to praise Scheer’s performance. Too much time gossiping with Coyne, maybe.

    1. Hi anon @6:04 PM...I read what Chantal Hébert had to say, but her claim that Scheer's appearance was a "success" takes up one paragraph in her story, with the rest of it declaring that he still has a long way to go. Success for someone of Hébert's generation must mean that an English-speaking politician from Saskatchewan was able to make himself understood in French. But trust me for the younger generation Scheer's performance was a bust. And Hébert even managed to miss the invitation to the gay pride parade, which was the only thing that caused the audience to laugh. Chantal has been around a bit too long and should retire as soon as possible...

  2. Scheer - balony ? Are you sure it wasn't the same segment ?

    1. hi rumleyfips...I thought of saying that myself, or having Scheer fly through the air on the back of a large baloney, but I thought there was enough mystery meat in his pathetic performance. A man who admits to smoking marijuana, but still thinks others should be punished for doing the same thing, will go down like a lead balloon in a place like Quebec...

    2. A man who admits to smoking marijuana, but still thinks others should be punished for doing the same thing, will go down like a lead balloon in a place like Quebec...

      Indeed. I remember a French instructor (a proud Hullois as I was) arriving in class looking excited. Québec had just been declared self-sufficient in marijuana production.

  3. Anonymous7:10 PM

    It's so depressing, we've been talking about legalizing marijuana since 1969 and we're still talking about it almost fifty years later. ENOUGH!!

    1. hi anon@7:10 PM...I feel the same way. Canadians seem to have a unique ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Back in 1969 if the government had accepted the recommendation of the Le Dain commission that recommended decriminalizing or greatly lessening the penalties for simple possession we would have been ahead of the entire world. And were even praised for that by none other than John Lennon. But it all went for nought, and here we are still yapping about it almost fifty years later...

    2. Anonymous9:48 AM

      John Lennon?

      In May of 1963, Lennon and legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein took a very private trip together to sunny Barcelona. Rumors quickly started flying that the two might be having a bit of a romance, which infuriated Lennon. He finally exploded during Paul McCartney's 21st birthday party, when Bob Wooler, a friend of Lennon (and the one who introduced the Beatles to Epstein), jokingly teased Lennon by saying, "Come on, John, tell me about you and Brian. We all know." That's it. That's the whole quote.

      John responded the only way a sensitive artist could: by brutally beating the man to a pulp.

      While Wooler was "begging him to stop," Lennon kept punching, kicking, and beating him with a stick like he was a human pinata. Lennon later admitted that he was thinking, "I could kill this guy," and he said that it took him a while before he regained some clarity. In the meantime, Lennon had thoroughly messed up Wooler's face and rib cage, though he did make a full recovery.

      Lennon admitted in a Playboy interview that when he was younger, he basically went around punching women: "I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women."

      His attitude didn't change much when he hooked up with Yoko Ono and started shouting about peace. People gave Ono a lot of shit for following Lennon to band practices (a taboo in the music world known as "being a Yoko Ono"), but Ono only did that because Lennon demanded that she come out of fear she would leave him. He even made her go into the bathroom with him, afraid someone would snatch her away while she waited in the lobby. At the same time, he was openly unfaithful to her, just as he was to his first wife.

      In the end, though, the biggest target of Lennon's cruelty was his son Julian. Lennon was absent for most of Julian's life, and the time he spent with him often led to yelling, insults, and very uncomfortable situations.

    3. Hi anonymous...And this comment has to do with what? It sound like a Mound thing if you know what I mean. The fact is Lennon was right. If we had legalized marijuana back then we would have been way ahead of our time. And hundreds of thousands of Canadians would not have been busted for nothing..

    4. Lennon later admitted about how violent he had been. His violence had nothing to do with marijuana use, and I think it was very common male behaviour in places such as Liverpool.

      A co-worker at the CSN (of all places!) was violent towards his wife and threatened to kill her after she left (all the while writing about action to achieve equal pay and treatment for women). But he was high on a cocktail of cocaine, booze (often hard liquor) and, well, machism.

  4. Anonymous7:32 PM

    Scheer just lost what few millennials voters he had. As Leger says, millions of Canadians voted to legalize weed and use the money to build schools and hospitals instead of making criminals rich. There is no reason that can justify sending people to jail for using marijuana, and the Cons have gotta go.

    1. Hi anon@7:32 PM... Scheer's prohibition policies will cost him the support of younger Canadians, but it should also cause him to lose the support of many boomers who are also big pot smokers. Sending people to jail or giving them a criminal record for using marijuana is a real crime or just insanity, and something only a Con could support...

  5. Here is more about Andrew Scheer's ideas, which either did not find anything yet, or would seem to act NDP/Bloc Québécois in a certain sense:

    1. Hi Myworld...thanks for that La Presse interview with Scheer, but as you can see there is nothing original in it, and he doesn't mention his position on marijuana. What is striking is that in another interview at about the same time with the Journal he claims that his message is a positive one, and that he actually respects Justin Trudeau a lot.
      Which when you take a look at what he has been doing day after day for almost a year is both a Big Lie and a bad joke....

  6. Jackie Blue7:53 PM

    Behold the Power of the Narc Side? I guess he's not even trying to hide anymore how regressive he truly is. Jefferson Andrew Secessions the Turd must really be trying to get that all-important endorsement from fans of Rodrigo Duterte. Ha, at this point, he might have just lost Dougie Dimebag's repeat customers at the ballot box!

    But that wouldn't by any chance be a glass of Rempelthinskin's sour grapes in the glass before him, would it? "Poor me, more wine!" *Hic*

    1. hi Jackie....There are still quite a few Canadians who are opposed to legalizing marijuana, and I suspect that most of them are Cons. And during the Tout Le Monde En Parle show when asked the marijuana question he did reach for a glass of wine. But yes, his position is a regressive one and based on ideology more than anything else, and I find it deplorable. I'm in favour of eventually decriminalizing possession of a lot of drugs as they have done in Portugal with striking results. And I believe that drug abuse should be treated as a medical and social problem rather than a criminal one...

  7. e.a.f.8:14 PM

    Jackie blue, that was hilarious. thanks for the laugh!

    They can only hold it up in the Senate for so long. If the Cons keep trying to plug things up in the Senate voters may get a tad pissed with them. its not like they were elected to anything.

    Scheer may keep a few votes in the bible belt in B.C. ,but the rest, hey this is B.C. and we've had bud since well, eh, we were very young and now are very old. if they're concerned about 4 plants in the residence, why are they o.k. with poinsettas at Christmas time? O.K. 6 plants don't cause any problems in an apartment. I can testify to that. O.K. forgetting to turn off the stove and going out got the fire dept. in, but they weren't interested in the 6 plants in the bedroom and that was back in the early 70s.

    its time to legalize the stuff, like before I die of old age.

    1. hi e.a.f....It's good to have Jackie back isn't it? And I must say I am extremely envious of the situation in B.C. The approach to marijuana in your province is far more progressive than it is here, whee police still raid dispensaries for no good reason. It's a total waste of time, and since we are eventually going to legalize marijuana, saddling users with criminal records makes absolutely no sense. We need to stop this nonsense and move on...

    2. e.a.f.7:23 PM

      In the mid 1960s kids in high school were smoking it. Now some did get sent to jail for it and trafficking, but eventually all those people grew older, had careers, businesses, etc. and a lot still smoked pot. Its hard to put half the establishment in jail and its hard to tell who is who, since about the early 1980s.

      Because of our climate a lot of it could be grown out doors. There is more than one former kid who tells stories about having mom look after their plants in the garden, kiln the 1960s, never aware it was that. West Vancouver had the best climate in Greater Vancouver for growing pot in the garden. And people wonder why we're a tad easier on it. Those were the adults back in the 1960s and 70s.

      Never considered pot a problem. Ought to have been legalized, well never illegalized. At one time opium was legal in Victoria. One of the people who I knew remembered it as a child, o.k. it was way before WW II, but many drugs were at one time legal, it was only later things were made illegal. I have know people drunk beating up their families, doing violent things, but never on pot. I rest my case.

  8. Anonymous9:42 PM

    Scheer is such a freak, or such a Con, or such a loser. Or all three. My friend in Ottawa says he has been missing Question Period a lot, and there are rumours of scandal. Bad things happen to bad people.

    1. Jackie Blue10:00 PM

      He's just not ready. Nice toothbrush mustache, though.

    2. hi anon@9:42 PM...yes I've heard those rumours, and of course I am hoping that he is found with a hand maiden in a crack house. ;) But since he had been running attack ads accusing Justin Trudeau of missing Question Period to attend silly summits and stuff like that, it is just another case of Scheer hypocrisy...

    3. hi Jackie...yes, I think that's the conclusion most viewers of that show would have arrived at long before it was over. I know I felt a great sense of relief when Scheer's segment was finally over. Although, I was a bit disappointed that the segment ended with Scheer reading aloud his invitation to the gay pride parade, without hearing what he had to say about it. Oh well, you can't have everything.... :)

    4. Anonymous12:27 PM

      I know nothing about a scandal, but those eyes look bloodshot and extremely troubled. It could just be he’s depressed by the fact that his India fauxrage got him fuck all.

  9. Jackie Blue9:45 PM

    P.S.: Simon, I just found this and thought you should see it. MSNBC presenter Ali Velshi, who is from Toronto, gave a speech to an organization called the Canadian Club where he warned about "Trump's culture of lying" and how similar it is to the propaganda dump of Nazi Germany.

    Hopefully enough people at that meeting were able to perform a brief Mad Libs exercise in their heads and replace all instances of "Trump" or "Republicans" with "Scheer," "Ford," "Kenney," and "Conservatives."

    A few people in the commenting section of the Raw Story article mentioned those Pinocchio puppets by name. So it looks like Canadians are definitely catching on and getting tired of the pungent dysphoria of the cons' bullshit.

    1. Hi Jackie...thanks for the link. I've always liked Ali Velshi, and the interesting thing is that his younger brother Alykhan Velshi is a well known Con operative. Alykhan has worked for Stephen Harper, Ezra Levant's Ethical Oil operation, and I believe is now working for Doug Ford. You can read about him here:

      It's funny how one brother can be decent, and the other one a total asshole....

  10. Anonymous10:58 PM

    Scheer needs to talk to Fantino and Blair, an old time bombastic cop and Con, and a "beat up the hippie demonstrators" cop. Fantino is grubbing away cashing in on dope with an ex-mountie high mucky-muck, and Blair's writing rules on legalized dope for JT. What super duper gentlemen, idealistically serving their country like the true patriots they are.

    Yes, Scheer is happy with late 1860s Canadian society when men bossed women around, the clergy bossed their parishioners around, homosexuality was unknown by societal decree and the all-knowing mill owners told everyone what to do under pain of no employment, which trumped the other folks happy to lord it over anyone lower than them on the societal scale. Paradise!

    And with Jason Kenney no doubt likely to win Alberta next year, we will get a front seat to see how rank Conservatism regresses societal progress, all chosen by a load of dunderheads who have swallowed "free markets" mantra, privatized schools, and gay outing jargon as if it were part of the Bible.

    Scheer's rictus grin will spread from ear-to-ear, and we will then have to endure even louder carping and whining from Alberta, where 4 million think they should tell the other 32 million how to behave. Again. For what, the third time?

    No thanks. We already know the ethics and morals of Cons when there's easy money to be made: to hell with everyone else, I'm getting rich!

  11. Anonymous2:04 AM

    The last thing Scheer and his Con clown troupe want to see is Canadians opening their minds to the incredibly powerful ability of marijuana to foster creativity and develop insight and opinions that would be lost to your average "dark ages" Con. No, he'd rather see his redneck base swill back their 40 pounders and go cruisin' and bruisin', with the resulting mayhem usually making front page news.
    If you want to join the Cons? Free thinkers need not apply.

  12. hi anon @10:58...You make many good points and all of them are depressing. ;) Cons are like some kind of vestigial lizard brain that along with their enlarged fear glands keep them firmly anchored in the past. I find it frustrating to see them preparing to take power in Alberta and possibly Ontario, since any serious person can see that it will all end badly. And if Scheer should ever get to join them as Prime Minister, along with the stooge Moe in Saskatchewan, could have have disastrous consequences for the future of this country. The good news though is that this is almost certainly the last kick of the can for these Cons, the last twitch of a Con corpse, and the political equivalent of that old saying, it's always darkest before the dawn. That progressive dawn is coming and we are going to destroy all those who threaten our future...

  13. Visitor - Pierre D.9:19 AM

    Yeah, I saw this as a Québecois and had to laugh. Who is afraid their daddy knows they smoked pot when they're 38?
    Why did Schmear dodge questions about his votes against gay marriage and abortion rights?
    Does anyone think Schmeagol has any credbility when he says "It's time for younger people" (he is 38, our PM in his 40's) when he looks and acts like a 60+ year old?
    I saw nothing here worthy of a vote or my attention.
    Just another con trying for a long con...
    P.S. Oh, does anyone think that Scheer will actually show up for MTL's Pride? Not a and some likely puffs will send him right back to his con-clave...

    1. Hi Pierre...yes, I thought Scheer's comment about his father was a bit too cute to be believed, which is why I portrayed him as a big baby running from a bunch of hippies. I should add that I thought that was great, but my doctor pal thought it was appalling. And I'm glad that like me you didn't see anything that could make Quebecers want to vote for him. And his canard gaffe was embarrassing. And no I don't expect to see him at the gay pride parade. Which is just as well because if I did decide to go, seeing him would ruin it for me. Unless he was there with Jason Kenney and they were both dressed up like drag queens... ;)