Pubdate: Wed, 25 Apr 2001
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2001, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Chris Delanoy
Section: Letter of the Day
Bookmark: (Canadian Marijuana Party)
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk

AS A former president of the University of Alberta Canadian Alliance Club, 
I was disturbed to read in David Rooney's April 21 article, "Pot party 
Prize?", that MP Peter Goldring believes that Alliance supporters like 
Matthew Johnston champion the cause of staffers as a whole.

To the contrary, it's the archaic views of prohibition dinosaurs like 
Goldring who tar the Alliance and cause those who believe in limited 
government to question the party's commitment to reducing the role of the 
state in our lives.

I have not and will not smoke marijuana, but that's not the issue. What's 
at stake is a question of liberty. Do our bodies belong to ourselves or do 
they belong to Goldring and the army of jackbooted SWAT teams he would like 
to see throwing innocent drug users in prison?

If the Alliance has any hope of maintaining credibility as the party of 
limited government intervention, then there is no other choice than to 
reject fossils like Goldring.

Chris Delanoy

(Police must follow the existing law until that law is changed.) 
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