It appears quite clear through the work and financial support Mr. Emery gave to the NDP, he believes he has lived up his end of this agreement. However, when asked about this deal in Edmonton, yesterday, Mr. Layton denied there was ever a deal.Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. This is the most ridiculous political move I’ve seen in years. You are foolishly inserting marijuana decriminalization into the election from position of weakness.
The questions that Mr. Layton still needs to answer are: Why did Mr. Emery raise money and work so hard for so long for the NDP? And what was he promised in return? Liberal Press Release here
It was the Liberal Party that has twice proposed to decriminalize marijuana possession and it is the Liberal party that has twice failed to do so.
It raises the question of where do you stand on decriminalization now.
Focus, on the enemy here. Let Harper attack Layton then counter with a more realistic approach to our drug laws and real crime prevention.
It’s Harper’s ideology that threatens this country, not Layton’s.
One of Harper’s main platforms is his law and order stance with it’s harsher mandatory sentencing for possession of marijuana plants. His draconian approach threatens to fill our court rooms and jails and move us back to the early 60’s.
It needs to be attacked, and the importance of decriminalization should be presented as part of a more realistic law and order strategy, not brought into the fray as part of an opportunistic attack on the NDP for cutting a deal with the Marijuana Party.
As for Emery, if he thought the NDP could or would defend two candidates with YouTube exposure or admit that they made a deal, he’s been smoking too much pot.
He should of kept his mouth shut, but that has always been his problem.