The ever-level-headed and mostly imperturbable Conrad Black, in a recent piece in the National Post, opined that: "Costumed naval-gazing.. and robotic repetition of the pieties of gender equality were not what inspired the builders of this country." (partial quote)
And i'd like to chime in stating I think that would be a fairly safe assumption!
The Canadian Pacific Railway, for all its difficulties, was not plagued with a lot of hand-wringing concern over which of the 32 genders the builders selected for themselves. Gay parades were "infrequent at best" and Prime Ministerial costume balls, almost unheard of.
I really shouldn't comment on the amount of dope the workers consumed, although doubtless there was some. But judging by the quality of the construction of the completed cross-country railroad and the excellence of service it has rendered these many decades, it is pretty clear that most of the brain cells of the designers and builders had to be functioning at a fairly acceptable level of operation, a level which our current leadership can only hope to eventually attain.
Personally, I am not against the legalislation of marijuana, or for that matter, the legalisation of a great many other freedoms we have regularly been denied. We are being regulated into full servitude by governments all over this flying rock and any loosening of the necktie, even involving something like the legalization of dope, is surely a "breath of fresh air" if you'll forgive the pun.
However, its another thing entirely when your leadership thinks its a great idea to harness the nations sweat and use it to establish a brand new dope-selling industry!! What exactly is that in your pipe, Justin? Oh sure, I know, 500 million might not seem like all that much money to most of us , but you know, half a billion here and half a billion there and it starts to really add up!
And the great payoff of this investment will be what exactly?
Increased employment for addictions counsellors. Just. Great. How did we get along without that so long, eh?
And here it might be apprope to mention a whole bunch of probable negative effects of expanding the use of hallucinogenic drugs in Canada and we probably should: increased accident rates, low job performance, increased time off work, added addictions counselling, potential for law suits against the state... should i continue?
Children not receiving adequate levels of care, damage to private and public property, increased violent crime required for obtaining the money to buy the drugs, legal or not...and this: unemployed drug dealers! What to become of them??? What about that guy in the nondescript black Lambourg who was happily making his way through life hawking all those little green bags? Whatever will he do now?
And do we suppose the old-school dealers will all quietly fold their businesses and take up knitting sweaters? With what will they replace their incomes then, or do we expect them to simply all disappear in puffs of bluish smoke? Or perhaps they will ramp up the "quality" of the material they push, to a new illegal level?
And all of this this is the smokey vision our Prime Minister smilingly advocates for helping Canada recover from our "extremely poor" record of managing our public finances? Allow me to humbly suggest that if we think increasing the amount of marijuana consumed in this country is going to add a single doubloon to the collective till, or in any way shape or form increase the standard of living in Canada, we need to do a whole lot less of our own product testing!!
Come on Canada! Surely we can come up with a better "Vision" that!
The rigging hangs limp
The sea is flat oil
The sailors lie about
Weary of their toil
The anchor line drags
From the side of the ship
The frayed end of it torn
As the aged hull lists
Nations like ships can suffer becalms
Directionless, purposeless hopeless and dull
People need purpose, direction and plans
These are the things that fight the doldrums!!!