Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is defending his party supporting the Harper Government’s anti-terror legislation, saying there are elements that will make Canadians safer.
But he agrees with critics that the RCMP and CSIS need more oversight.
On the issue of Omar Khadr, he was asked if he think Khadr is a terrorist or a victim.
“I, I don’t think, uh, uh, I think he’s certainly a convicted murderer and convicted terrorist but that doesn’t mean he can’t be further subject to the rights and freedoms that are afforded to all Canadians, regardless of their behaviour.”
Trudeau rejects Harper’s contention the Liberals will cut programs and raise taxes.
“Mr. Harper continues to struggle with economic growth. He’s got the worst growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the years following the Great Depression. So he hasn’t fulfilled his self-declared reputation as a strong economic manager and he resorts to attacks and inventing positions of the parties.”
In the wake of the on-going controversy here over unregulated pot shops in Metro Vancouver, Trudeau is that if he wins the election he will legalize marijuana in his first session of Parliament as Prime Minister.
“Yes, it’s our intention to move on this in fairly rapid fashion. I mean there were some mistakes made south of the border that we can learn from about leaping before looking and thinking it through. But it’s something we plan on moving on immediately.”
Listen to the full interview with CKNW’s Gord Macdonald here: