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At the Drug Czar’s “blog”: ONDCP and Canada Renew Partnership in Substance Abuse Work

Last month Director Kerlikowske visited Ottawa, Canada to share the Obama Administration’s efforts to restore balance to drug control efforts and discuss drug issues affecting both sides of the border.

Ah yes, “balance.” That’s the code word that the drug czar likes to use to excuse why, if he’s already ended the drug war, and they know that supply side policy doesn’t work, they still use so much enforcement. It’s really a “balanced” approach of [and then they mumble] mostly law enforcement. It’s sort of like calling it a balanced approach to a diet when you have a diet coke after eating an entire Death by Chocolate.

On his first trip to the Canada in his official capacity…

Interesting wording there. Perhaps a staffer in the office doesn’t realize that Canada is a sovereign nation (actually, perhaps the entire office doesn’t realize that) and going “to Canada” isn’t going “to the Canada” — it’s not like going “to the mall.”

He also discussed how these measures, combined with smarter use of law enforcement, could help reduce the southbound flow of drugs, especially methamphetamine and ecstasy, from Canada into the U.S. and stream of guns into Canada from the U.S.

Yep, there’s the real agenda. Supply-side, pure and simple.

He also met with the Honorable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs; the Honorable Rob Nicholson, M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; the Honorable Vic Toews, M.P for Provencher and Minister of Public Safety; and Member of Parliament the Honorable John Weston to discuss cross-border issues on drugged driving…

Really? He is so determined to beat this dead horse. He apparently sees his claim to fame (other than ending the drug war, of course) to be the creation of an international epidemic of drugged driving out of thing air all by himself. I wonder what those “cross-border issues on drugged driving” are? Do we have a lot of people who are driving high and failing to stop at checkpoints? Is drugged driving something that is catching and they might have to seal the border to keep it from spreading?

During meetings with Mr. William J.S Elliott, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and with members of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Abuse Committee, Director Kerlikowske discussed current drug-related challenges and explored opportunities for cross-border collaboration across a range of law enforcement of issues.

More “balance.” And more bad grammar.

Hope you had fun on your trip to the Canada, Director Kerlikowske. Did they enjoy your lies as much as we do?

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23 comments to ONDCP-speak

  • Cannabis

    It’s not the Canada, it’s La Cañada, our other Mexican border.

  • kaptinemo

    Just how much ‘collaboration’ are Canadians willing to engage in, seeing as in the past US LEOs have actually run checkpoints on Canadian soil? How much more ‘collaboration’ can they stand when the Harper Regime has practically negated Canuck sovereignty with the Emery Affair?

    All over drugs, mind you. That and damn little else.

  • Rhayader

    ONDCP should at least stop referring to him as “Director Kerlikowske” and shift over to “Czar Gil”. It’s like imperialism mixed with The Simpsons.

  • Ben Mann

    BARF. 2 more years of this bullshit. Is it 2012 yet? I can haz presidential turnout?

  • Bruce

    Coffee for waking up to the realization one has endured a lifetime of lies.

    Dope inc.
    Sounds like a good book.
    http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2010/3747dope_inc_brit_war.html

  • Duncan20903

    It’s not hard to see why people would fail to identify Canada as a sovereign nation when for all intents and purposes it’s the lapdog of the US of A.

  • claygooding

    This is news to me.about the guns going north I mean. I knew that there were plenty going south because there is a civil war going on in Mexico but this is the first I have heard of guns being shipped into Canada,,,,,are you guy’s up there fixing to start something?

  • ezrydn

    Clay,

    What’s happening down here is far from being classified as a “Civil War.” It’s just a conflict between the crooks and the state. You can’t call Chicago in the 30s a “civil war.”

    Where I live, you hear very little about the in-country problems. I think they’ve decided that my area is “neutral.”

    That’s why I have to laugh when I heard the pundits and people up there referring to Mexico as a “possible failed state.” It’s no where near that, believe me.

    The problem, as I see it, is the Army here seems to shun engagement, whereas, the Naval Marines are the “first contact” group. They seem to be the only ones who actually “engage” the “enemy.” If the Army acted like the Marines, this stuff would be over a lot quicker. And, as far as I can tell, there is NO Mexican Air Force to turn to for help. There IS an Army Helicopter School not to far from me but I’ve truly seen no action there. Must just be a school house area without a flight line.

    I, also, didn’t know Canada had a “gun running” problem up there.

  • From whom did you hear that there was gun-running into Canada?

  • Rhayader

    If the Army acted like the Marines, this stuff would be over a lot quicker.

    That “stuff” will never be over so long as there is so much money to be made. Military might can’t do a thing to stop economic reality.

    this is the first I have heard of guns being shipped into Canada

    I’m far from an expert here, but if I recall correctly, Canadians are generally not able to legally purchase and possess firearms. As has been noted once or twice on this site before, any prohibition will create a criminal black market. Sounds like this is no exception.

  • Common Science

    One of the most rewarding things about being talking-head prohibitionists, is knowing that you will ultimately never be held responsible for not sharing a cohesive strategy. Spewing a pontificated cluster of tough sounding scenarios is good enough to maintain your importance.

    Kerlikowske likes our Conservative overlords because he perceives; “how these measures, combined with smarter use of law enforcement, could help reduce the southbound flow of drugs, especially methamphetamine and ecstasy…” And yet Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s reason for getting tough on herb enthusiasts is; “…people who sell or grow marijuana belong in jail because pot is used as a ‘currency’ to bring harder drugs into the country. “

    http://www.canada.com/news/Marijuana+currency+used+import+harder+drugs+Justice+minister/1523550/story.html

    This is not something that even the press has been presenting favourably. I’ve gone through over sixty articles over the last two years on this shameful anachronistic charade and only two journalists are slanted in the government’s favour. And over 50% of Canadians who support marijuana legalization will be able to figure out that most cases are going to be individuals or couples caught growing the lowest number of plants in the same punishment range. After all how are you going to fill up your new prisons if you cap your incarcerated cannabist population at wholesalers and not incarcerate the much more populous hobby gardeners? All taxpayers should keep in mind that on average in Canada it costs $102,000 per year to keep a person in a federal penitentiary.

    In 1988, Nicholson even vice-chaired a Parliamentary committee that released a report recommending mandatory minimum sentences not be used, except in the case of repeat violent sexual offenders. The committee found, based on testimony and the U.S. experience, that the law didn’t work and increases prison populations.

    http://uranowski.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/justice-minister-rob-nicholsons-mandatory-minimum-of-hypocrisy/

    Rob Nicholson’s pronouncement on mandatory minimum’s: “Each case should be decided on its own facts.” NDP MP Libby Davies (Vancouver East, B.C.), whose party voted against Bill C-15, said Mr. Nicholson’s zest for introducing mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes is purely political.

    “This has got to be an evidence-based process, and of course he couldn’t show any. All he could say was that he believed that Canadians wanted this legislation. To discover a Parliamentary report that he was a signatory to that comes to the same conclusion that we have, that mandatory minimum’s don’t work for drug crimes, I think that’s very incredible. It’s reinforcement that what they are doing is not based on any evidence whatsoever. It’s a political stance that they’re taking that has nothing to do with solving Canada’s serious drug issues.”

    http://thehilltimes.ca/page/view/justice-02-01-2010

    Here’s a few predictions on Stephen Harper’s legacy:

    1) Jailing people who are involved with marijuana will become job security for too many in the prison industry and government as the shocking rise in the criminal rate will warrant.

    2) These ominous laws will affect hobby gardeners and their families the most.

    3) The expansion of prisons will not reduce violence on our streets.

    4) Organized crime’s entrenched foothold in Canada expands to degrees never even remotely discussed.

    It would be interesting to be in on the discussions and the ledger books that changed the Conservative’s minds from opposing, to vehemently forcing the failed U.S. mandatory minimum policy on its Canadian citizens.

  • United states of canada....

    Droopy:He also discussed how these measures, combined with smarter use of law enforcement, could help reduce the southbound flow of drugs, especially methamphetamine and ecstasy, from Canada into the U.S. and stream of guns into Canada from the U.S.

    I Thought the ONDCP’s job was drug control, when did it absorb the ATFB(or what ever its called today). If its controlling guns now shouldnt it be called ONDGCP?

    So The United States of canada has two prohibitions ? Drugs and guns? Who would of thunk a ban would have created a black market for guns…GEE.

    When will the rest of the world grow some balls and get tired of Empire dictating to them what they are going to do with thier own countries?

    On thing is sure. You can only spread your Empire so far.

  • claygooding

    “He also discussed how these measures, combined with smarter use of law enforcement, could help reduce the southbound flow of drugs, especially methamphetamine and ecstasy, from Canada into the U.S. and stream of guns into Canada from the U.S.”

  • DdC

    OiNkDeCePtion

    “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
    ~ Benito Mussolini,
    “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

    Canada’s Supremes Cower Under DEAth Threats 12/24/03
    Canada’s Supreme Court has proven that our society is a prison, and that we are but prisoners, whose inalienable rights may be suppressed by political whimsy and ridiculous twists of reasoning more suitable to a genie granting wishes than judges appointed to uphold humane standards.

    FREE MARC EMERY!
    Heading for a Georgia, US Federal Prison after being extradited by the Conservative Government of Canada in May 2010. Marc Emery is serving 5 years for political activism and financing drug law reform worldwide through the sale of marijuana seeds.

    Survey Says Canadians Want ‘Prince of Pot’ Home
    The majority of Canadians want B.C.’s self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Pot’ to return north of the border to serve his prison sentence for marijuana offences, according to a recent survey.

    Reschedule Marijuana

    Removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act
    An attempt by cannabis advocates, since the early 1970s, such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to transfer cannabis from its current classification. The first petition under this process was filed in 1972 to allow cannabis to be legally prescribed by physicians. The petition was ultimately denied after 22 years of court challenges.

    The AMA Calls for Review to Reschedule Marijuana
    Nov 10, 2009 The American Medical Association is calling for a federal review of marijuana’s status as a Schedule I narcotic.

    Petition to Reschedule ‘Marijuana’ to Recognize Medical Benefits in Final Stages
    April 20, 2010 As scientists and researchers from Israel, Brazil, Canada and the US participate in the Sixth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, a coalition of medical marijuana advocates is calling on the Obama administration for prompt action on an eight-year-old petition to reschedule marijuana for medical use.

    “They say you can’t legislate morality. Well, you certainly can.”
    ~ John Ashcroft,
    Chicago Tribune May 25, 1998

  • darkcycle

    The Wiki leak of this past week made clear one thing, and it’s been noted in various places. The U.S. government hates and fears nothing so much as a foreign government responsive to it’s own people’s needs. They cannot have a government making it’s own policies independently of U.S. desires, ESPECIALLY on it’s borders. Sorry, Canada, you’ve gone from British Subjects to U.S. subjects. May your chains sit lightly.

  • ezrydn

    Pete,

    Answer: Linked story, end of second paragraph. It doesn’t use the term “gun running” but isn’t that what “the flow of arms north” would mean? It’s what the “flow of arms south” means.

  • Common Science

    ‘Sorry, Canada, you’ve gone from British Subjects to U.S. subjects. May your chains sit lightly.’

    With a little bit of Trudeau inbetween. (sigh)

  • darkcycle

    I’m here on the Canadian Border. The problem is the same here as in the South. Easy availability of firearms, and U.S. Citizens all too willing to make “straw-man” purchases here for a few extra bucks. Vancouver has had a particularly bad time, with alot of Asian and Motorcycle gangs and violence. The problems got worse when Harper came in and crackdowns on trafficking started (go figure). Many people don’t understand that Vancouver is a huge city, and has alot more in common with New York or Amsterdam than with Seattle or Portland, having a very large immigrant/refugee population and a lot of very cohesive ethnic ‘ghetto’s’ (in the traditional connotation).

  • ezrydn,

    Sorry, I was being snarky. After all the source of the “guns flowing north” in the post was the Drug Czar and who believes him?

  • darkcycle

    As an aside, I used to travel a great deal, and my three favorite cities in the world are in this order, Seattle, Vancouver, and Malaga, Spain.
    Vancouver beats out New York which comes in fourth.
    Least favorite? St. Louis, Mo. Dallas, Tx, and Peoria, Il.

  • vicky vampire

    Yeah WTF is wrong with Canada lately my son told me other day he’s like mom they have gay marriage I’m like Hey son they extradited MARC EMERY WHAT DID WE GIVE canada in return for that deal look I aM totally ignorant about anything going in canadian politics but I always thought they were a ways more liberal and now they are talking about mandatory minimiums because yes gangs imigrant problems are plaging countries everywhere but it seems to me drugs are blamed first ,and lets lock everyone up first and not look and other social structural problems areas we can work on same thing happening in Denmark all of a sudden they care what world thinks of them they do not want to be know for drug image so lets close some pot cafe’s and restrict tourism oh yes right in the middle of a fraking recession the politictions just keep coming up with more and more ways to stifle there economic structure when they now it will further damage economy. I exchange post on forum on occasion with folks from Amstredam they saw a piece FOX news did on there county there were horrified they thiers so much more more their county than the pot clubs they its bad overblown stories that will not show other side only sensational drug culture that is giving their county such a bad rap they ar sick of it.Come on Canada grow some balls and stop being america lap for gods sake be a leader legal completly so we can follow!!!!!!!

  • Bruce

    Day 218
    From coffee shop to big oil.
    Not one dime outta me, B.C. Liberals.
    Incureable imbeciles. You lose.

  • DdC

    More Drug Bizaar OiNkDeCePtion…

    Holy underwear! Sheriff murdered! Innocent women and children blown to bits! We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!
    ~ Governor William J. Le Petomane

    Feds Warn Oakland on Pot Farms

    Officials from the Justice Department’s civil division and the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco delivered the blunt message to Oakland City Attorney John Russo, according to two officials who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to talk about the meetings.

    “The warning is clear: These are illegal, large-scale pot growing operations, with Oakland planning to get a cut of the illicit profits,” said one official.