NDP Leader Jack Layton Not In Favour Of Legalization

The two faces of NDP Leader Jack Layton: To legalize or not to legalize?The two faces of NDP Leader Jack Layton: To legalize or not to legalize?Jack Layton, the leader of the federal New Democrats, whom many of you may remember as the man who sat in Marc Emery’s house and referred to marijuana as “a wonderful substance” that ought to be legalized, today said his party is not in favour of legalization (on CKNW radio, 9:05-9:30, Bill Good show).

Layton called instead for a “National Conversation” on marijuana, saying he is open to new approaches. One can only assume that the 15 years of polling showing support for legalization is above 50% doesn’t count?

Mr. Layton, why the flip-flop? Your party is at 12%, perhaps it’s because you have been sacrificing your parties policy in favour of mimicry of the Conservatives and Liberals?

Mr Layton, you are not now, nor will you ever be, Tony Blair, and the NDP is not now, nor will it ever be, New Labour. Give up on trying to replace the Liberals in the centre and speak for the Canadian left that has been abandoning your party since the last election.

If you want to represent Liberal voters, campaign to be leader of that party. Until such time as you formally switch party affiliations, how about representing the the party that you do lead?

Prohibition is a complete and total failure and until such time as Mr. Layton recognizes this, I suspect he will be as well.

– Article from WhyProhibition.ca on March 16, 2009.

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  1. chris on

    the ndp doesn’t seem to be an alternative party anymore, more and more i see them making their platform like the 2 major parties and they are giving less attention to smaller yet important issues. i believe cannabis legalization is an issue that is important enough to deserve a vote, so i will now consider voting for the green party. i hesitated voting for green because the ndp has more social democrat views, but as time goes by they are shedding these values, so i see no reason for them to exist. why do all the good slightly radical left wing parties shed the only great thing they have going for them in an attempt to gain votes?

  2. John Dillinger on

    Certainly not surprised. Layton is a typical socialist politician (typical politicians actually). Reality, not politics, will end prohibition.

  3. Anonymous on

    The NDP just lost a supporter. Party of principles my ass.

  4. Adam on

    No surprise at all, Layton is definitely our most two-faced politician. I’ve noticed half a dozen acts of hypocrisy on his behalf since that interview in Marc Emery’s home. He sat there and assumed those interviewing him were as conceited, smug and self-confident as he while he told them lies, and we turn out to be only ones who remember this much of what he says. He is always helping Harper. So are the Liberals nowadays. Just what did America do to us, anyways!? I actually miss Chretien. But seriously, I figured out what a sham the NDP is well before I turned 18 to vote, went for the Greens. Their tax plans were fair-er.

  5. Anonymous on

    HE SAYS HE WANTS TO OPEN DISCUSSION BUT IS NOT IN FAVOR OF LEGALIZATION!!!! WHAT A TWO FACED ASSHOLE HE IS!!!! HE DOESNT HAVE A PROBLEM SAYING WE NEED TOUGHER LAWS BUT NOT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA OR EVEN DECRIM!!!!HE SOUNDS LIKE HARPER THAT WANNABE GOERGE BUSH!! AND IF HE THINKS OBAMA WANTS TOUGHER LAWS ON MARIJUANA HES WRONG AND I HOPE HIS TWO FACED BULLSHIT BACK FIRES ON HIM AND WHAT HE “ORIGINALLY DISCUSSED” WITH MARC EMERY COMES TRUE AND HE GETS KICKED OUT OF OFFICE!! GOD BLESS THE BC3 FROM UPSTATE NY!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous on

    Layton is depasse. Dont ever count on him to ease marijuana laws.
    The next thing we’ll know he will be forging alliance with Harper.
    He will never have my vote.Another two-faces politician.