Membership as a 416 sophisticate has never been a goal of mine. As such, I can’t really relate to Bob Rae’s admission that he showed contempt for our laws by smoking marijuana. I prefer to remain an abstainer and obey the law of the land.
“I don’t think anybody of my generation could be regarded as an abstainer,” Rae reportedly told 680News. Well, I along with millions of law-abiding Canadians did abstain, Mr. Rae.
And, yes, we were of your generation, more or less. We were not of the intelligentsia, though, we were just plain folks. We studied hard, worked hard, played some, and along the way we married and raised families. And we didn’t find it necessary or clever to flaunt the law and get high. We left that to those special folks who felt entitled to do as they pleased.
Why do NDP leaders believe they are above the law? Bob Rae has admitted that he smoked pot; the late Jack Layton apparently used a whorehouse—at least, he was found naked in one by the police, with virtually no coverage by the Toronto press, by the way.
These transgressions might not have come while either man was a party leader, but I believe it says volumes about their characters and their idea of moral behaviour. And it probably would be indicative of how they would have run our country, had they been given the chance.
Laws, I guess, are for lesser Canadians: the vast majority of us who believe one has an obligation to be law-abiding.
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