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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