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John Tory in Speed Boat Marijuana Near-Bust Scandal

November 28th, 2006

This may be the most interesting thing John Tory has said or done since he’s become the Ontario Conservative leader:

Conservative Leader John Tory used marijuana as a high school and university student, once favoured lighter sentences for pot traffickers and even drove while “stoned.”

The revelations are contained in a 30-year-old newspaper column that Tory wrote as a law student for Obiter Dicta, the official student newspaper of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Some Liberal hack has dredges up a 30 year old story penned by Tory in university. In it, he talks of smoking pot, driving while under the influence thereof, and general immature behaviour of the kind we all once did and are somewhat loathe to admit. My favourite bit:

I know from stoned driving experience that it affects my depth perceptions quite markedly,” he wrote.

“Like the time I was driving down Hwy. 48 and pulled to a stop at a stop sign which was 200 yards further down the highway. Or the time I sat on a hotel bed in a far distant land, convinced that I couldn’t speak for more than an hour.”

Man, good dope! This is good too:

Tory went on to reminisce about the time he and a friend were entering a Lake Simcoe marina with a half pound of marijuana aboard and noticed they were being followed by another boat with a powerful searchlight.

“I managed to persuade my accomplice not to ditch the stuff so he stuffed it down his pants and we made it to the dock without incident,” Tory wrote.

It’s a great article, and the first interesting thing I have heard come from the ever boring Tory.

One question though. This was leaked by “a Liberal source.” Why? Did the Liberals some how think it would hurt Tory that he smoked pot in his university days? Be careful Liberals: This is one boring guy, and stories like this may help him as much as hurt him.


  1. Joanne (True Blue)
    November 28th, 2006 at 10:00 | #1

    Very interesting that the Liberals would dredge this up since it is obviously considered to be a courageous thing to admit a former use of drugs or even addiction”!

  2. Brian
    November 28th, 2006 at 10:18 | #2

    Yea, it’s a bit of a funny story that way. Notice that Kinsella has the whole story on his blog. Not sure what kind of traction these guys think they can get with this, unless there’s a part 2 coming down the pike.

  3. William E. Demers
    November 28th, 2006 at 10:23 | #3

    It’s interesting how perspectives change.

  4. whig
    November 28th, 2006 at 11:37 | #4

    Hypocrisy, much?

  5. Olaf
    November 28th, 2006 at 13:52 | #5


    Good find Brian… very entertaining, I liked the stop sign part.

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