In Canada, there are essentially three political parties (there are more, but they only capture a tiny fraction of the vote, so they don’t make much of an impact). We don’t have a viable party that is both fiscally and socially conservative. The Conservative party is fiscally conservative, but pretty progressive on social issues. The left side of the political spectrum is called the New Democrat Party (NDP), and their traditional supporters are unionized labor and granola-munching greenies who know voting for the actual Green Party is a wasted vote. The centrist party is very left leaning, called the Liberal Party. This is Justin Trudeau’s party. The Liberal Party has nothing at all to do with classical liberal values: it is the party of virtue-signalling nonsense, and most of its supporters are women and weak males. The brawnier, toxically masculine yet still left-leaning males tend to vote NDP, which represents labor concerns much more effectively than the Liberals.
To really simplify things, the NDP cares about workers, the Conservatives care about stable, middle class families and the Liberals care about the downtrodden and marginalized and all those who weep for them.
A Liberal MP has tabled the suggestion that Canada legalize all drugs, by which he means decriminalize all drugs. He wants all drugs to be considered a health issue, not a criminal justice issue. Heroin, coke, fentanyl, meth – possession and consumption will all be legal. Instead of spending money on police, courts and jail, we will spend money on safe injection sites, medically supervised drug use and mental health treatment to address the underlying issues that create drug addicts in the first place.
The NDP appears to support the idea on the grounds that harm reduction is better than criminalization. The lives of drug addicts are not made better by putting them through a criminal justice system, and either way, unionized employees stand to benefit. Jails guard or safe injection site security? Who cares, as long as everyone gets union wages?
The Conservatives are also tentatively in support of this initiative on the grounds that the war on drugs simply doesn’t work and is frightfully expensive. The only effective penalty to reduce drug use is death, and that’s a bit harsh, so let’s go with the cheaper alternative.
The Liberal party does not support the decriminalization of drugs. They are in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, because they can tax the hell out of it and potheads don’t really cause a lot of social ruckus, but the bud stops there. There is lots of chatter about how decriminalization doesn’t work despite the evidence from Portugal, which says otherwise.
Why would the Liberal Party refuse to support decriminalization? The Liberals are about to get annihilated in both provincial and federal elections as Canada swings to the populist right, so you would think they would be scrambling to support policies most Canadians want.
Nope. The Liberal Party cannot seem to shake its authoritarian soul – a jack-booted police solution that involves locking up huge numbers of citizens for choosing opioids over alcohol will always be preferred to a responsive health care solution that maximizes individual freedom and choice. The Liberals only want you to choose what they choose for you.
Is it also possible that the Liberal Party is frightened of the inevitable culling of the herd that would occur with the legalization of all drugs? If the downtrodden all off themselves in a fentanyl rave (they’re doing a pretty good job of that now), the bleeding hearts will have to turn their attention to someone else. Virtue signalling can be tedious and exhausting work. If the homeless addicts cure themselves, whatever will Liberal voters fuss about? If the marginalized go out on a heroin high, which poor citizens get to occupy the bottom of the hierarchy?
Workers? That’s the NDP.
The middle class? That’s the Conservatives.
The Liberals will get their asses handed to them, and that is exactly what is going to happen in Canada. The Liberals need a hierarchy and they need addicts and social losers at the bottom. The real opportunity here is for the Green Party who can surge ahead caring about butterflies and mole rats and endangered rock species, all at the expense of actual humans.
Personally, I am all for harm reduction, but if it ends up culling the herd, well, that’s just good farming, isn’t it?
If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves the farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?
Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee (D)
Lots of love,