VANCOUVER — Justin Trudeau has condemned remarks by a Liberal candidate that it’s okay for kids to be in a house with marijuana and that pot can decrease domestic violence.
Trudeau, whose party supports the legalization of marijuana, sought to distance himself from the comments of Joy Davies, the Liberal candidate in the B.C. riding of South Surrey–White Rock.
“The position of the Liberal party is clear. We need to control and regulate marijuana in order to protect our kids,” Trudeau said.
“The views expressed by the individual in question do not reflect the views of the Liberal party of Canada and do not reflect my personal views,” Trudeau said during a campaign stop in Vancouver.
In a series of Facebook postings, first highlighted by the Huffington Post, Davies spoke out on marijuana use.
In a 2014 Facebook posting she wrote, “In a nutshell, more pot = less domestic violence in married couples. Put another way, cannabis prohibition may have the affect of increasing domestic violence.”
She was commenting on a scientific study that found married couples who used marijuana had fewer reports of domestic violence.
A year earlier, she suggested that marijuana posed no threat to children.
“There is NO HARM in our children being in a home where cannabis is growing. The fact that law enforcement and government rip children out of the arms of their parents that grow pot is the HARM. This MUST STOP!!!” Davies wrote.
Trudeau said he would be talking to Liberal advisors Thursday morning and would have “a lot more to say in the coming hours.”
But he defended the Liberal position on pot and said the status quo was doing little to safeguard children.
“Mr. Harper’s current approach is not protecting our children,” Trudeau said.
“Not only is it easier for young people to buy a joint than it is to buy cigarettes or alcohol, we’re actually continuing to fund criminal organizations, street gangs and gun runners with the continued black market around marijuana,” he said.
That wasn’t the only social media drama that Trudeau was dealing with Thursday. He was asked about several profane Twitter postings of Chris Brown, the Liberal candidate in Peace River–Westlock, littered with swear words, “bitch” and “whore.”
Brown’s comments were highlighted by Twitter user Mark Rossner.
Trudeau said he would be speaking to Brown later Thursday about his postings.
“He apparently was going through some extremely difficult personal circumstances and has a fair bit to say about that but I look forward to that conversation,” he said.
Later Thursday, Brown apologized on his website, calling his comments “inappropriate.”
He said at the time he made the postings, he had just lost his partner in a car accident.
“This emotional anguish led to an alcohol dependency problem and a complete lack of judgment when posting on social media,” Brown said.
“I am proud to say that this is now behind me. I have moved forward in my life,” Brown said.