Public responsibilities

Justin Trudeau's public admittance to smoking marijuana while an MP has certainly drawn a lot of public attention

Justin Trudeau’s public admittance to smoking marijuana while an MP has certainly drawn a lot of public attention. It was on the front page of a Morning Star Daily and is all over the Internet.

His announcement reached the offices of the federal government and has caused news media to ask every public figure if they smoked the weed.

It has become a gala circus, but Justin smiles about it and has openingly claimed he was justified – sad.

There are people who claim it is not an issue, others say it was a bad judgment call on Justin’s part, so where in truth does Justin’s actions stand? They stand in the moral and ethical arena, you know those things that are suppose to separate us from the animal kingdom. Morally and ethically what has Justin Trudeau done?

I would suppose you would now expect me to preach about the immorality of marijuana, to take another jab at the pro-legalization groups, but that is not what my commentary is about. It is about corruption, the tainting and twisting of ethics and morals to subvert self and public responsibilities.

You see, it does not matter, from the standpoint of the substance itself, as marijuana or alcohol or the abuse of pharmaceuticals, surely they can have a negative impact, it is the moral and ethical position each of us are to take in regards to improper and even illegal behaviour. It is still illegal to be involved with marijuana, it is illegal in some ways and highly improper to be involved with alcohol to the level of abuse and it is the same with pharmaceuticals, but do we justify any involvement with these substances to the point of impropriety?

We are not to break the law, as it stands and we are not to act improperly and irresponsibly. Are those not standard fare for what we are all expected to do?

Yet Justin Trudeau, in his hypocritical political shifting, smiles and attempts to justify his illegal behaviour. Are we not to expect our government officials to “obey” the law and be good examples? Whether it is about the illegal weed, or abuse of alcohol, or any other illegal act, is it “Ok” for a government official to violate the law? But alas what has Justin Trudeau shown us? He has shown us that the government is hypocritical and irresponsible and…it is “Ok” for him to be that way?

Justin Trudeau boldly claims the government has lost touch with popular opinion in regards to the legalization of marijuana. Did this public opinion also direct him to violate the law? Has the current government really lost touch with popular opinion or has Justin Trudeau lost complete common sense and of his legal responsibilities?

Are we not to expect “integrity” and “responsibility” in the examples shown by our government officials? Justin Trudeau does not show any of these things.

A police officer loses his job when discovered he broke the law by smoking marijuana, but the government official who violates the same law remains in his job?

Does such a police officer stand as reputable in his court testimony? Of course not, the judges view such a public officer dimly. So where do you think Justin Trudeau’s reputation stands now?

Some have said that Justin Trudeau was honest for being open about it. His openness to his illegal drug use does not make him an honest man.

A truly honest man admits his wrongs, apologizes and takes responsibility by taking appropriate action to change, then he is truly honest, but Justin Trudeau has failed to do this. He justified his actions and that makes him dishonest to his responsibilities.

There is an old saying, “What little he does here, so shall he do in much there” which tells us that with the willful violation of the law by an MP here, in something many call trivial as marijuana use, so shall that MP be willful to commit other greater violations or corruptions later and justify sidestepping ethical and moral responsibilities.

Ah, the taste of self-justification is sweet, but holds much bitterness in the wash.


Mark Warbinek, Enderby