Shedding Light on Day: ‘Unreported Crimes’ Code for ‘Cannabis Offences’

CANNABIS CULTURE – There is a perfectly logical – if disgraceful – reason why Canadian Treasury President Stockwell Day (a Conservative MP) cited “unreported crimes” as the reason for spending $9B on the building of more prisons. 

I submit that, with the phrase “unreported crimes”, Day is implicitly referring to cannabis offenses and other consensual drug-related offenses for which minimum prison sentences will be imposed if Bill S-10 becomes law.  The Conservative government’s announcement that it has expanded the range of things constituting “serious crimes” provides additional evidence to that effect.

After the media asked Day to justify that kind of spending while the federal government is claiming to be tackling the deficit, one might have expected Day simply to answer that the prisons were to cope with the effects of the government’s Truth in Sentencing Act. Parliamentary Budget officer Kevin Page has already estimated that the cost of implementing that Actalone will be in that range, and the Act passed into law months ago. Yet, with his expression of the government’s concern over “unreported crimes” Day implicitly foreshadowed an additional source of pressure on prison resources.

Most reasonable people no doubt share Liberal MP Mark Holland’s view that “unreported crimes” cannot be the reason for building prisons, because unreported crimes are crimes for which nobody is charged or imprisoned. However, that assumption overlooks a few things.

The number one reason for not reporting a crime is the belief that the crime in question is not one meriting police involvement or criminal penalties. Millions of Canadians actively cultivate, sell, and possess cannabis despite the threat of fines and imprisonment. Polls in recent years repeatedly indicate that the majority of Canadians want cannabis legalized even for recreational use. And as any fairly social adult will probably have witnessed, police are rarely called to arrest someone who is cultivating, selling, or possessing cannabis. There is, in point of fact, mass civil disobedience, and a benevolent conspiracy of silence, with respect to cannabis offences in Canada. For this reason, cannabis offenses are arguably one of the most frequently occurring – if not the most frequently occurring – “unreported crimes” in Canada.

Day is not necessarily making the absurd suggestion that those whose crimes are not reported will be imprisoned. He is saying that those who are charged with committing a cannabis offence – a widely “unreported crime” – will soon be sent to prison in much greater numbers. The actual purpose of the government’s prison expansion plans is to accommodate the anticipated impact of the Conservative government’s “National Anti-drug Strategy”, when one of its key components – Bill S-10 – passes into law.

As one source painfully acquainted with the effect of the Harper government’s Americanesque drug war agenda explains, the number of sexual assaults, homocides, and other violent offences is fairly constant, year after year, as is the number of people convicted of such offenses. Indeed, as the population ages, the number of such crimes will decrease. Even if incarceration durations for such crimes were doubled, that would hardly put a dent in the prison population. Billions of dollars in additional prison funding is not needed for those sorts of offences, but billions in additional funding will be needed to build prisons for the anticipated thousands of non-violent cannabis (and, to a lesser extent, other drug) offenders who Bill S-10 will soon subject to mandatory imprisonment.

To understand what is at stake politically for the Conservatives, a bit of history must be kept in mind. In late 2006, the Harper government attempted to fulfill an election pledge to repeal the recognition of gay marriages. A late 2006 motion to revisit the issue of gay marriage failed, leaving unsatisfied social Conservative yearnings for a war against Canada’s changing culture. However, gay marriage was only one of two major cultural changes in Canada that steamed social conservatives in recent years. The other was Canada’s changing laws on cannabis.

A 2000 decision in Ontario’s Court of Appeal made cannabis a legal medicine (it remains so to this day, though federal and provincial governments have failed to provide adequate safeguards for physicians – who face concerns of losing their licenses to practice should they prescribe cannabis – and to ensure that patients have the cannabis they are prescribed). In 2002, a Senate report recommended that recreational cannabis be legalized, and a House of Commons report released shortly thereafter recommended that imprisonment be replaced with a system of stiffer fines (a recommendation known as “decriminalization”). The Canadian Alliance, then led by Stephen Harper, condemned those proposals on the ground that they would further inflame Canada-US relations at a time when Canada’s Liberal government had refused Canadian involvement in America’s war against Iraq (Harper’s Alliance opposition had indicated that it wanted Canada to join in the war against Iraq). Elections in 2004 and 2006 scuttled the Liberal government’s decriminalization plans, and Harper’s Conservatives formed a government with the smallest minority in Canada’s history.

By October of 2007, the legalization of cannabis was supported by 51% of Canadians (a number that crept up to 53% a year later). However, the Conservative government having let down its social conservative base with respect to gay marriage, it announced it would be launching a “National Anti-drug Strategy”.

Conservative MP Tony Clement (the same Tony Clement who is now trying not to smirk as he passes himself off as a libertarian defending long-form census takers from the abuse of government coercion) at that time was Canada’s Health Minister. On September 29, 2007, the Canadian Press quoted Clement thusly:

“In the next few days, we’re going to be back in the business of an anti-drug strategy,” Clement told The Canadian Press. “In that sense, the party’s over.”

Clement, together with none other than Stockwell Day (who was then Public Safety Minister), attended Prime Minister Harper’s October 4, 2007 press conference, wherein his $63M anti-drug strategy was announced. Given that the anti-drug strategy was a significant bone thrown to the Conservative party’s religious, social conservative constituency, rather than to the relatively secular majority of Canadians, it should not surprise the reader that the press conference was held at a Salvation Army headquarters (in Winnipeg).

Of the funding there announced, two thirds was to be directed at the social aspect of drugs, including a counter-cultural campaign. Harper explained:

What we are up against, in trying to resolve this problem – what the police are up against, what the people who deal in treatment and prevention are up against – is a culture that, since the 1960s has, at the minimum not encouraged drug use and often romanticized it; romanticized it, or made it cool; made it acceptable. And look, as a father, I don’t say all these things blamelessly. My son is listening to my Beatles records and asking me what all these lyrics mean. And, you know, it’s just there, it’s just out there, I love these records, I’m not putting them away. But, that said, the reality is that there has been a culture that has not fought drug use! And that’s what we’re all up against! No easy solutions to that but we have seen, in the case of tobacco, a shift in the culture, in a way that has rendered tobacco use less and less socially or culturally acceptable. I think we need to do the same thing – I think we need to do it much more quickly and much more critically – in the area of narcotics.

(Almost two years to the day later – with pot culture icon Marc Emery imprisoned in British Columbia for his romanticizing of cannabis culture – Harper would attend a widely-reported arts gala to play piano and singthe pot-inspired Beatle’s tune “I get high, with a little help from my friends”.  Oh, the sickening hypocrisy.)

On November 20, 2007, the Harper government introduced Bill C-26. Titled An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, the Bill proposed doubling the maximum term of imprisonment for cannabis-related crimes: from 7 years, to 14 years. It also proposed a minimum sentence of 6 months imprisonment for the cultivation of 1 to 200 cannabis plants where the purpose of growing the cannabis was to sell it. Higher mandatory minimums were proposed for greater numbers of plants, or for other aggravating factors. The bill passed second reading on April 18, 2008, but the dissolution of Parliament for the 2008 election killed the bill. Bill C-26 was re-introduced as bill C-15 and passed third reading on June 8, 2009. It was then sent to the Senate.

In late 2009, Liberal Senators outnumbered Conservatives in the upper chamber. On December 3, 2009, the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs adopted a motion by Liberal appointee Senator Serge Joyal wherein the 6-month minimum sentence for growing 5 to 200 cannabis plants (in the absence of aggravating factors) would be removed. Later that day, an infuriated Justice Minister Rob Nicholsonappeared on CBC’s “Power and Politics” program, and exclaimed:

They’ve taken the mandatory penalty out, and so we’re very unhappy with this…we take this very seriously, and we believe that people should have a mandatory jail time for people who are in the business, in the grow-op business.

Liberal members in the House of Commons having supported Bill C-15, Nicholson accused the Liberal Party of using Liberal Senators do their “dirty work” for them.

Show host Evan Solomon asked the Minister a question akin to that put to Stockwell Day in early August:

What about the notion that this is going to be very costly. I mean, the government said on one hand ‘we don’t want to have a huge deficit, we want to control spending costs’. On the other hand, building more prisons and taking more people in is an expensive cost. How do you mitigate that?

Nicholson’s answer:

I can tell you that we wanna get the message out to people under the National Anti-Drug Strategy. Many people will be seeing advertisements running right now across this country, discouraging people, educating them about the problems of taking drugs in this country. We want to help individuals to get them off of drugs in this country and not to experiment with them.

In other words: imposing mandatory minimums will cause people to stop breaking the law, so fewer people will get imprisoned and the costs of prisons and incarceration will thereby be mitigated. With so many millions of Canadians growing, selling, and possessing marijuana despite its criminality, we are supposed to believe that what is perhaps the most “unreported crime” of all in Canada – cannabis “crime” – will suddenly tail off so much as to offset the effect of mandatory sentences of imprisonment imposed upon people who normally would not be sentenced to any jail time. The Minister’s credulity on this issue is almost unbelievable.

The amended Bill C-15 passed third reading in the Senate on December 14, 2009. It then awaited the final step in making a bill a law: royal assent.

Section 2 of the Royal Assent Act, 2002 provides:

2. Royal assent to a bill passed by the Houses of Parliament may be signified, during the session in which both Houses pass the bill,

(a) in Parliament assembled; or

(b) by written declaration.

The key words in that section are “during the session”. The effect of “prorogation” – wherein the Prime Minister advises the Governor General to end a Parliamentary session – is that all bills that have not received royal assent before prorogation die. On December 30th, 2009, just 16 days following third reading of bill C-15 in the Senate, Parliament was prorogued, killing the bill before it received Royal Assent.

Was the prorogation motivated, at least in part, by government’s desire to have C-15 passed into law without the Senate’s amendments? In other words: just how much priority is the Harper government placing upon its war on Canada’s cannabis culture? Consider three things.

First, it should be noted that the Senate had debated C-15 far more than any other bill in the Senate: 62 hours, 3 minutes. At the time of prorogation, only 2 other bills had passed the stage of third reading in the Senate: C-6 (regulating dangerous consumer products) had been debated for 37 hours, 42 minutes; and Bill S-8 (which implemented a tax-evasion treaty with South American countries) had been debated for 1 hour, 49 minutes.

Second, soon after proroguing Parliament, Stephen Harper appointed five more Conservative Senators. This was enough to give Bill C-15 a good chance of passing third reading in the Senate without amendments.

Third, before the new session of Parliament began, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson was asked whether any of his crime bills would be re-introduced. He was not certain about any except one: Bill C-15, he said, was certain to be re-introduced.

Indeed, Bill C-15 has since been re-introduced in the Senate as Bill S-10, in its unamended form. Having already been debated on three days, Bill S-10 has yet to pass second reading in the Senate. With a greater number of Conservatives serving in the upper chamber, it now seems much more likely that mandatory minimum sentences for the tiny fraction of cannabis-using Canadians caught committing what are usually “unreported offenses” will soon be a reality.

Now, quite apart from the issue of prorogation, Nicholson announced in early August that the government had, on July 13, 2010, passed a new regulation that makes 11 less-serious offences “serious offences”.  Among them: “trafficking in any substance included in Schedule II in an amount that
does not exceed the amount set out for that substance in Schedule VII (subsection 5(4))”.  Cannabis and hashish are the two Schedule II substances referred to.  The new regulation makes trafficking in less than 3kg of either of those substances a “serious offense”.  The Canada Gazette summary for the regulation explains:

Expanding the availability of the criminal organization provisions creates the possibility that individuals may be subjected to longer periods of incarceration because it makes the use of the criminal organization offences possible. (emphasis added)

In addition to imposing longer periods of incarceration, the change essentially eliminates some of the pesky procedural hoops – also known as “due process in a free and democratic society” – through which police have to jump in order to arrest people for cannabis offenses.  Clearly, cannabis, and the Conservatives’ war on Canadian culture, continues to be top-of-mind for the Conservative government.

I submit that the evidence strongly supports the conclusion that Harper’s anti-cannabis culture war is actually the centrepiece of his entire government agenda for that large percentage of Conservative supporters who see cannabis users – and homosexuals – as plagues on Canadian culture.  The money be damned: this back-bone of the Conservative Party sees Canada’s popular embrace of legalization as a threat to the 1950’s style, clean-livin’ Canada of its spare-the-rod-spoil-the-child youth.  The so-cons see cannabis cultivators, sellers, and possessors as snakes from whom Godly government must deliver them.  If they cannot persuade Canadians to embrace their prohibitionist views, they will continue to demand of the Conservative Party that it lock-up cannabis-tolerant “liberals”, and leave them to rot.

I suspect strongly, and angrily, that we are going to need those prisons. However, I am reasonably sure that the majority of Canadians – given an alternative to seeing their children criminalized, marginalized, imprisoned, and otherwise having their lives destroyed so that religious conservatives will keep voting Conservative – would prefer an intervening election.

Paul McKeever is an attorney, leader of Freedom Party of Ontario, and producer of The Principle of Pot, a film about cannabis activist Marc Emery. Read his blog at http://blog.paulmckeever.ca

Comments

45 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    Read the article…

  2. Anonymous on

    strong enough to eat gluten and live..to an epsilon male like you EVERYBODY is an alpha male, even chicks

  3. Dave on

    Like all fascist do, they’ll get everybody to rat on each other! How’s that for building strong family values!

  4. Anonymous on

    Eveytime this dork comes out with another Mr. Crabcakes or Mr. So-and-So, he (she?) sounds like such a GURL. Really my mom used to say that: “So Mr. ________, what have you got to say for yourself?” Go lick your self inflicted wounds.

  5. Samson on

    I sure am glad to see Mr. Anonymouth getting his 2 cents in with all these hate-filled comments. Although…..I will be curious to read some of his/her comments WHEN(not if,) cannabis is Legalized.? Also, food for thought– I myself, STRONGLY disagree with homosexuality…..but I don’t feel the need to “gay bash” all the time either. NOR do I think they should be imprisoned for committing gay acts while in the privacy of their home. But, then again, you don’t seem to be the type that EVER considers “the Shoe on the Other foot” theory…….HuH? C’mon,……be honest now?.

  6. Anonymous on

    what exactly do you do Uncle Bob?

  7. UncleBob100 on

    To begin with. You don’t know me and how much I used to drink, so how can you say I drink too much? The intoxicating effects of Cannabis only last a few hours at the very best. By your reasoning then…people who smoke tobacco should be fired from workplaces where smoking isn’t allowed on site too. People will smoke before and after their shift, and outside the premises during their breaks… It’s a known fact that nicotine stays in your blood for a minimum of 30 days after your last cigarette. You don’t make any sense.

  8. blueridge_bandit on

    this is a fascist regime in every sense. they justify building more prisons based on “unreported crimes”?
    that doesn’t even make sense!

    if no one is repoting these “so-called crimes”, how can they fill these prisons up with them?

  9. Anonymous on

    I have compassion, plenty
    but I don’t put up with bullshit from idiots
    there is a difference, and a big one-
    there ya go Mr Soft Serve Suck
    go lick your self inflicted wounds

  10. Anonymous on

    — that’s right- you are not a mind reader, by a mile

    but you are a puffed up old goof showing off
    I don’t care if you smoke a joint UB, nobody cares as long as it shuts you up
    its your fucked up brain to medicate if you want, the more the better, right? 
    stay on topic Mr $200G, theres still a lot of cable to coil up at the end of the day.. The Gumby Trilogy is depending on you

  11. Anonymous on

    Marshal McLuhen didn;t coin the term ” Opiate of the masses”
    that one comes from Karl Marx, the king of Communism
    so you can quit eating toilet paper any time now
    Marshal McLuen said “The medium is the message” and if you need to know the jist of that- consider I can instantly respond in text while you eat your Moms cornflakes thgree rime zones away and I can call you an asshole and you receive that message while youy are still at breakfast & before your dad tells you to move out of the basement and get a job. OK? don;t you have a PETA rally to attend if youy are so inclined to defend dumb animals?

    How does Zappa relate to this conversation? it doesn;t
    Really come on Annie Nonomouse- you had that snarky quote ready and were just looking for a place to drop it..even if it didn’t fit,,

    the rest of your post was typical narrow focus slow learner teenager crap
    I guess that was your personal best
    oh well
    theres always a career in telemarketing for bong geniuses like you have a real nice day
    now beat it

  12. Anonymous on

    YOU are deluded AND insane. I cant believe in this day of information overload, and personal freedoms – in N America anyway – there are still paranoid ignorant morons like you running around. Another product of 50 years of what McLuhan called the “opiate of the masses” but Zappa was closer referring to it as “the slime oozing out from your TV set”. Better get down to Walmart and get your DVD of “the Bachelor” before the other dipstiks buy them all up. LOLOLOL

  13. Bumfudge "Stockwell" on

    Harper’s a dork. Can’t he find a decent barber? Or is his head really square under that mop? Wotta pussy! I’m 100% sure he’s got more female chromosomes than male. The limp-wimp.

  14. uncle bob on

    not a mind reader but it sounds to me like not only are you uptight and bitter, but also you’re divorced and bitter about that too. what happened you walked in on the wife getting stoned and getting banged by the pot head next door…and now you are so abrasive you argue against something that cures the sick…you are an idiot plain and simple an idiot…and being successful does not make you any less of an idiot…i’ve worked in the film industry for 40 years 80% of us smoke pot..i made 200 grand last year working 16 hour days and 7 days a week for 12 week stretches…you have the nerve to say i shouldnt smoke a joint when i finish the day…my body my choice my canada where the hell you from Alabama?

  15. Holycrow on

    Nine billion dollars would buy enough hemp seed to blanket the entire land area of BC and Yukon. Throw in the $16B they want to spent on jet fighters and you could cover Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, too.

  16. Anonymous on

    I goofed the Maples were to replace the old reactor that is showing its age at Chalk River.

    But still I think the money is better spent of ether sorting out the Maples or Refurbishing the Chalk River reactor.

  17. Anonymous on

    Scrap the jail program and fix the aged Maple Reactors at Chalk River. The output of these reactors are responsible for most of the medical isotopes used in medicine.

    That to me would make more sense then jails for there create a criminal on there punishment crusade.

  18. Dave on

    And you think Harper and Co. are strong alpha males? Wow, you’re really weird!

  19. Dave on

    How come an animal like doesn’t seem to have any compassion?

  20. Anonymous on

    drop off a contact number and a recent head shot and maybe you will be invited join the dating pool and meet up with escorts from both of these strong alpha male camps. Nobody else is interested, if you pass the blood test -its all yours dave

  21. Anonymous on

    because we won’t kill for you or hurt others to get our way?

    you brought in gender, not us- and your 65 year old stale dated version of gender roles and whining and other fossilized mind trash,, still struck there, huh waiting for a tow truck? that’s annoying dave Compassion is a human virtue davem maybe you never noticed, many animals have a sence of compassion. You should try it sometime. Its refreshingly free of blame, whining and self flagellation. It might even clear up some of your gender confusion issues.
    The rest of us would really appreciate it if you tried

    You admit though that you are “trying to get your way”
    thats hardly passive or weak, its manipulative in the worst way
    but it is still a qualifier for being a suck

    congratulations–

  22. Anonymous on

    No wants you as a slave because you drink too much : )

    marijuana stays in the body much longer than quick flush ethyl
    Marijuana is a controlled substance, you may have heard
    Insurance requirements state no use of a controlled substance is acceptable
    that’s zero tolerance / no drug test, no insurance coverage
    controlled substance appears in test, or employee admits to use:
    that’s grounds for dismissal- unfortunate guy knew that when he accepted the position
    Wall Mart is not a govt service, it is a free standing private business and like yourself is not a sheeple and can shape its own destiny, But WallMart doesn;t drink whiskey & smoke doobs after hours- thats why its successful and you aren’t
    You are deluded, insane or both if you think anybody is defending a corporation
    while you are sheepleing up, bunt batting for the carded med stoner employee
    but what else is new. Old stoners are so often angry and irrational, not that I’m saying you are Funkle Bob, but it’s a close fit none the less

  23. Dave on

    Here’s one for you Anonymous sheet-faces. What does the conservative party led by the honourable Steven Harper have in common with organized crime?

    Not sure but they seem to like the same women!

  24. Dave on

    Yes, compassion can often be interpreted as a female virtue. But to say, when a woman speaks-up she is whining certainly takes us a few steps back! And we thought this kind of chauvinism ended with the WWII?

    “Weak passive sucks”, why because we won’t kill for you or hurt others to get our way? If that’s what you mean then “YES”, I’m one of those!

  25. Uncle Bob on

    If you knew the story at all.. you’d know that the medical cannabis patient did not use his herbal medicine on the job at all, or even before… only after his shift was completed. That’s the simple truth of it. When I was working I’d have a drink of whiskey on my time off. Any employer who tries to tell me what to do with my personal time off…doesn’t deserve my help. I am nobody’s slave. I am not a “Sheeple” You can defend the heartless corporations all you want, but life is about more than the almighty dollar.

  26. Holycrow on

    As a Veteran of the War on Some Drugs (did my time in ’65-’66), I can attest that bad laws and harsh penalties do not work. I’ve fought for pot for 50 years, and never whined (well, hardly ever 😉

  27. Anonymous on

    You would have to ask Harper himself. Stoners are stuck on that tired lame point of well alcohol is legal..why can’t pot be legal too? because a stronger wiser more dedicated generation fought to get their alcohol made legal after assholes tried to forbid it.. they fought and won their freedom to drink and start fights and piss on walls on the way home from the pub, Stoners just whine like girls on and on for 70 years blubbering and useless- thats probably one reason pot is probably illegal right there, because it makes weak annoying people into passive annoying sucks.

  28. Dave on

    That’s exactly what we’re saying. If we’re too vocal then we will be and deserve to be slapped down by the bullies. Maybe that will shut us up? It’s odd that any civilized sentient person would support that sort of 14th century stuff in the 21st century. We’re supposed to be moving away from barbarity not towards it!

    Let me ask you if alcohol was prohibited would Harper and Co. continue drinking with a little help from his friends? And tell me, would he have every church shut down and their holy people arrested. Of course not, he would try to end prohibition!

    I wonder if his kids got caught with pot, would he have their lives ruined like he does to our kids or would they be treated like Jaffer was?

  29. Anonymous on

    Maybe file a complaint with the Alien Starfleets Style Ministry
    there Unk- I am sure they will be able to help you overcome
    your irrational fear of Wallmart and your failure to understand simple news stories about objection to medical marijuana in a clearly defined zero tolerance to drugs working environment.You may hate WallMart, but they love you & there’s more of them than there are of you.

  30. Anonymous on

    If Mr Harper is so well informed about the true meaning of the lyrics in vintage Beatles music and transmits this pop culture history to his children, maybe he’s not such a dolt. If he read a newspaper while or watched TV he was growing up in the 60s and 70s,. then he was aware that three of the four Beatles, in spite of being the sweetheart nice guys of the world, had been busted for marijuana and spent time in jail for pot crime. Mt Harper could see that none of the Beatles died or suffered from the prison experience, none of the Beatles became bad terrible bitter people. There was a law and 3/4 of the Beatles broke it, and like any other law breakers- 75% of Beatles endured the penalty for breaking the pot laws. These pot charges compromised John Lennon’s immigration status into the US, and presented yet one more difficulty when Paul McCartney & George Harrison toured.

    The Beatles served as unlikely public examples demonstrating the fallout of breaking the law. Although the Beatles were high profile activists for pot in 1967, going so far as to sign a well publicized petition – they all sure shut the fuck up after they were busted, one at a time, for procession.John Lennon was an angry pot activists, but then again he was an angry activists about a lot of things in spite of his peace songs.

    None of the Beatles claimed to be political prisoners after they were charged with drug crime & none of the Beatles sold pot seeds over the internet. They plead guilty, they paid the price and moved on with their highly productive, creative lives without a lot of drama. Nobody cared if they still smoked pot, but the Beatles certainly learned the advantages of discretion.

    None of that was lost on the Right Honourable Stephen Harper who sang a Beatles song decades after all that drug court business had passed. Certain marijuana activists might want to consider smartening the fuck up and maybe start living in the 21st century. Ya ya ya

  31. Anonymous on

    harper himself knows what that song is about.

    thats why he said his kids ask questions about them and drugs. so why the argument over that? harper thinks he will not put the records away and even go as far as singing one of the songs on stage.
    that made me sick to watch that knowing what he was doing, i cant believe he was smiling like a great great man.
    lennon and jesus and harper, who is the odd one out? throw the first stone harper, go on. you idiot.

    making a law that would put the band, possibly your kids and their friends in prison too. prison the sinners.
    as if this isnt exactly what this is about.

    this is the thing, his god failed in his attempts three times at removing sin ( exile from eden, the so called flood and his son supposedly had to sacrifice himself so that god wouldnt level the place again.)

    harper is on his third attempt with this bill. do not be misled.

    owning and spreading drug related romance material…then tell your kids its bad. go harper you good thing.

    i get high with a little help from my friends means either you get high with your friends (and their stash) or that
    ” friend” is code for drug. who cares as long as you like the melody right, even if you disagree with the sentiment of getting high? he wasnt even mocking himself.

    you only have to have a little knowledge of the beatles history to know that they often got high on drugs, they didnt have time to produce them, they got them through their friends. pot? of course that was part of it DUH.

    Harper is a religious nut job, taking it way too far. in doing so, he is jailing those in the population that do not follow his ideology. as far as i can tell, he is taking aim at persecuting the belief of around half the people.
    the conservatives got told to go away, bring it back with amendments, so they just recoup and bring it back in original form and stacked the place with conservatives.

    guess what? if you see pot as a sin, then people will “sin”.
    people also like money, if you put a seller or supplier away. there are thousands of others that would like to take their place.

  32. Uncle Bob on

    Better pick another location for the beam up… no decent herbalist should patronize Wal-Mart. WM likes to fire star employees with Brain Cancer… who are medical cannabis patients.

  33. Anonymous on

    We are getting invaded, Sri Lankans arrived last week

  34. Anonymous on

    we have sent an email to Mars so that the aliens can come and pick you up in the mothership. Please wait alone stark naked at the front entrance of the nearest WallMart at 7:30 pm Friday night. Secret password is Back to School

  35. PeyotePal on

    I can’t believe what a dictatorship we live in.

    Do they even listen to the PEOPLE anymore?

    I know for a fact that the PM gags ALL of his Ministers and as such the public NEVER gets heard.

    But this is turning into a serious travesty of justice. We need some freedom fighters to invade Canada.

    Now.

  36. Anonymous on

    I think were still in Canada, anybody know what country your in??? Or who’s data bank??? Politics are gaylords and Harper is out of date, letting his kid listen to Beatles? Those words mean drop LSD and smoke a fatty and fly across the sky children!!!!!

  37. Holycrow on

    Day might be obliquely referring to pot growers and users, but there are lots of other “unreported crimes”. Check PART V of the Criminal Code of Canada for offences such as bestiality, incest and especially Subsection 176 “Obstructing a Clergyman”.

  38. Anonymous on

    what’s it to you dave ? Still stuck on your humanist holyman trip? its wearing a little thin. If you get any flashes of Superman X ray vision let us know

  39. Anonymous on

    Why does stockwell day owe us a million dollars?

  40. Dave on

    Nice to see your world is either white or black, right or wrong and good or bad. Don’t you people often say listen to your “spidey senses”? If you don’t agree with the article then what do your ‘spidey senses’ tell you about Harper and Co.?

  41. Dave on

    And it looks like Day is also preparing space for crimes that aren’t crimes yet? Maybe when he leaves politics and gets that cushy job with the “Arrest and Incarcerate Industry”, just maybe, he’ll be able to repay that million plus dollars he owes us?

  42. Anonymous on

    Canada despite the Conservatives does have a charter of rights. The Conservatives can attempt as whole heartedly as their little minds will allow, but the fact remains that our judges are obligated by law to protect those rights. We may have area pockets of judicial collusion but such mis practice is generally beaten on appeal. It will only take one case to go all the way and the whole effort will just be another Conservative pile of trash to be cleaned up after the next election.

  43. Anonymous on

    It’s The End of the World

  44. Anonymous on

    you said there are only two members in the Freedom Party of Canada
    that Paul McKeever is the leader of.
    That is inaccurate, there are three.

  45. Prester John on

    Paul McKeever had this insight to share:

    (Almost two years to the day later – with pot culture icon Marc Emery imprisoned in British Columbia for his romanticizing of cannabis culture – Harper would attend a widely-reported arts gala to play piano and singthe pot-inspired Beatle’s tune “I get high, with a little help from my friends”. Oh, the sickening hypocrisy.)

    OK Paul, since you can’t get over the 60s, maybe we could have Marc Emery sing
    ” I Did It My Way ” in his next prison podcast- then you’d be happy, right?
    You seem to mistake guesses for facts= how do you know
    the Beatles song ” I get by with a little help from my friends” is about pot?
    you don’t-
    How do you know “Unreported Crimes” is code for marijuana offenses”
    you don’t-

    and then go on to write

    “I submit that the evidence strongly supports the conclusion that Harper’s
    anti-cannabis culture war is actually the centrepiece of his entire government agenda for that large percentage of Conservative supporters who see cannabis users – and homosexuals – as plagues on Canadian culture. ”

    ..so its a govt sanctioned holy war against pride day fags and bags of weed?
    Paul get a grip= you don’t know that one either, its not strong evidence
    it’s science fiction

    and then this zinger:

    “I suspect strongly, and angrily, that we are going to need those prisons. However, I am reasonably sure that the majority of Canadians – given an alternative to seeing their children criminalized, marginalized, imprisoned, and otherwise having their lives destroyed so that religious conservatives will keep voting Conservative – would prefer an intervening election.”

    Now you are out of your fucking mind Paul. I guess your resume is going to read
    ” former leader of the Freedom Party of Canada ” give the other guy a chance, at leading, afterall there’s only two of you IN the Freedom Party..

    You were more engaging once Paul, long ago-now you are so crabby and seeing
    devils. What happened? Did you finally try marijuana and get all paranoid ?

    Two Words Paul -” Stress leave ”