Four In The Afternoon: Good-Bye, Maurice

4 in the AfternoonCONSERVATIVE NEANDERTHAL MAURICE VELLACOTT ISN’T RUNNING NEXT ELECTION It’s true! Unfortunately, I will never be able to un-hear all the dangerously dumb things he said over the years. Vellacott, a strongly religious person who opposed abortion rights and same-sex marriage, had bad ideas and a bizarre worldview that had the potential to hurt people. As University of Saskatchewan political science professor David McGranes aid on Twitter: “Maybe the reason that Maurice Vellacott is leaving politics is that his ideas are suited more to SK in 1950 than SK in 2013.”

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE PLUS 1,000 YEARS Women-enslaver Ariel Castro accepts a plea deal that will let him avoid the death penalty. I wonder how many other women-dungeons are out there.

NO CHANGES PLANNED TO PETITION RULES The Province gives a perfectly reasonable answer to questions about changes to legislation. Because the “problem” with Regina Water Watch’s petition wasn’t the legislation–it was the city clerk’s gonzo interpretation of the legislation.

JUSTIN TRUDEAU WANTS TO LEGALIZE POT AND THE CONSERVATIVES ARE OUTRAGED!  The Tories are attacking Trudeau again, yawwwn.  But the fact is, it’s beyond stupid that pot–a popular recreational drug–is illegal while booze and smokes aren’t. Why do the Tories fight? Do they want to protect drug dealer’s profits? Are they just scared of having fun? What is it? Because their position on pot  makes no sense. Come on, it’s 2013 already. Legalize pot. And stop voting Conservative, the wet blankets of Canadian politics.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

4 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Good-Bye, Maurice”

  1. Perhaps Joni Mitchell was referring to Velacott’s ever-increasing electoral victory margins when she made her comments about Saskatoon.

  2. Nice Shiny Pony is speaking to the converted when it comes to legalizing weed however real elections are about real issues like the economy. Don’t do weed,don’t care if you do or not.

  3. Thanks for the comment as always, Brian. Marijuana legalization and drug policy IS a “real” issue and it matters to a lot of people. If your point is that it’s not the number one issue facing the country, fair enough–I think everyone agrees with that. And if your point is that it’s cheap politicking by a new leader, that’s also a reasonable opinion and something many people would agree with.

    Dismissing this as a non-issue at a time when polls show most North Americans believe pot should be legal and evidence shows drug prohibition is an expensive and failed policy is unreasonable, however.

  4. The reason right wing pols are flipping out is because the more people that smoke pot the more thinkers there will be out there. And everyone knows that the Conservatives do not want a thinking public. On either side of the border.

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