Campbell Webster’s article “Potheads, sandals” in The Guardian (Sept. 13) was somewhat amusing, but also disturbing. It talks about Justin Trudeau’s admission to smoking marijuana, obviously an attempt to win the young voter to his side, as well as sandal-wearing ‘free thinkers’ before the next federal election.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the practice, the thing that disturbs me is this off-the-cuff remark might come back to bite Mr. Trudeau. According to U.S. immigration lawyer Len Saunders (of Washington state), “Justin Trudeau is inadmissible to the United States. He’s admitted to use of an illegal substance. If he’s elected prime minister he can’t come into the U.S. without a waiver."
If Mr. Trudeau does happen to become Prime Minister one day and wants to drop down to Washington, D.C. for a beverage or something with his American counterpart, he’s probably going to be allowed in with or without said waiver.
It does, however, present an idea for Canadian comedians to make hay with. I can picture Rick Mercer or Shaun Maunder, dressed in a Canada Border Services Agency uniform, holding his hand up to Mr. Trudeau’s car, saying, “You’ll have to come with me, sir.”