I have admitted before that I’ve never been into Canadian politics.
I am decidedly more well versed with American politics, spending so much time in America and with all Canadian media outlets seemingly fixated on what goes on down there.
But to have Mr. Trudeau win in the decided manner by which he did last night, I have to express a spark of enthusiasm because of the man, and his promises, as well as the mandate he has been given, especially when his views on Marijuana have been so public.
I remember his father’s entrance onto the scene . . . . yet another bright light in a rather dull political theatre.
Mr. Trudeau has been granted the freedom to implement big things at a time when big things are needed.
In Kelowna B.C. in July 2013 Mr. Trudeau told a crowd, “I’m actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis. I’m in favour of legalizing it. Tax it, regulate. It’s one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids because the current war on drugs, the current model is not working. We have to use evidence and science to make sure we’re moving forward on that”.
Our outgoing Prime Minister exposed his dinosaur mentality and fundamental lack of integrity while dealing with Marijuana with stale rhetoric and outright misrepresentation.
The country cannot tolerate politicians so flagrantly willing to lie to its citizens. He could hardly be counted on to carry our nation through the twenty first century. The people got it right!
Mr. Trudeau has shown himself much more in tune with issues of the day and the Canadian people have acknowledge that with delivering to him this majority government.
A simple investigation into the numbers of Canadians sitting in prisons across the country for simple pot related charges carrying lifetime criminal records has always been simply unacceptable to me!
The ongoing cost of housing these non-violent offenders carries a heavy burden on our taxes. The cost of policing also would benefit greatly from legalizing it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no starry eyed groupie! I’m not supportive of Mr. Trudeau’s stand on expanding deficits as I feel that a resource rich country like ours should not find itself in the mess that the rest of world seems to see as an occupational reality.
I don’t like debt, I don’t believe that you dig your way out of a hole by digging a bigger one, but I do understand that big world finance may be beyond my pay grade so I will defer to him on this one.
I carry absolutely no debt, either personal or in my businesses which include income properties. I simply don’t believe in it.
Could this philosophy possibly be applied to a country? Apparently not as I can’t find a city, school board, state, province or country that is not drastically over-exposed because of debt!
I didn’t get derivatives or sub-prime mortgages either! Fortunately, as look where they took us.
I couldn’t sleep at night facing the financial reality that our nation faces.
Oh, I understand that we can perpetuate this economic myth possibly indefinitely providing everyone else goes along with it.
Imagine the country today that balanced it budgets and carried no deficits. Much like the Condo Game, that’s a reality that just will not come about!
My simple mind suggests that this should not be such a stretch, because I’m where I am, having come from being virtually broke not that long ago (well, not broker but nowhere close to being intellectually or financially prepared to retire).
I am intending to follow Mr. Trudeau closely with the sincere hope that he is a man of action and lives up to the promises that he has made to the country.
I saw his father introduce a quantum shift in Canadian politics and I honestly see the very real potential of another one coming with Mr. Trudeau.
Justin, all eyes are upon you!