You know, I remember this summer when Justin Trudeau admitted he had three puffs of one joint his friend pulled out at a dinner party at his house in Outremont. Anyone who has ever read this blog knows that I'm no fan of Trudeau; my feeling towards him has evolved from a deep dislike to a mild antipathy (I know he's a nice guy - I just think there are way smarter people available to run the country). But I don't want to talk about my reaction to this incident - it frankly doesn't deserve one. I want to talk about Stephen Harper's.
He said one sentence about this that revealed paragraphs about what a hypocrite he is. He said the revelation "spoke for itself". Just like that, an indictment. A barrage of smug condescension, typical WASP-ish staid moralistic full-of-shit judgement. That guy is flaky, he's dangerous, he's not to be trusted. Look he did drugs, he killed his brain cells. Would you want to trust somebody with such questionable morals? No you wouldn't, because you are a successful, self-satisfied, holier than thou tightass like me who has never touched drugs in your life. A member of the part of the Canadian population that is not composed of worthless human beings.
You didn't need to say all that, Harper, and you didn't, because I just said it for you, but I heard that all loud and clear from you and all the tough on crime idiots in your party when you joyfully uttered that phrase. Now I would just like to ask you something, I would just like to ask you how you square your beliefs that Liberals are morally questionable and badly behaved corrupt individuals not to be trusted, with the much more significant revelations surrounding your very close personal friend, a red-blood Conservative if there ever was one, the mayor of Toronto Rob Ford.
I don't need to re-hash the 24 hour train wreck on the airwaves, here is the best summary of it you will find anywhere.
So let's hear your answer in public: Do you still prefer a man who buys drugs, smokes crack, rails blow in the bathroom of Bier Markt, drives drunk, brings whores into his office, hangs out in crack houses, cavorts with known gangsters and criminals and is personally acquainted with people alive and dead directly implicated in drug and gun violence in Etobicoke, to a man who took three puffs of a spliff that he himself did not even go out of his way to obtain?
I think the public deserves an answer.
Remember, people have to have their social media profiles vetted by your staff just to be able to attend one of your campaign events. You are obviously very choosy about the company you keep. You don't do walkabouts - too much danger a real human might ask you a question that throws you off your robot script. Your character judgement can be forgiven on your three ex-senator friends - their transgressions are so minimal compared to Ford's they don't belong in the same column - but you went and spoke in this man's backyard and praised him. You went out of your way to vouch for what a great guy he was.
As a public figure, you deserve to be held to account for your horrible misjudgement of character in associating yourself with the mayor. I think your history with him - phone calls, barbeques, fishing trips - speaks for itself.