Canada Liberal leader Trudeau admits marijuana use as MP

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa 5 June 2013 Trudeau said he had not done any hard drugs, and does not drink coffee

Related Stories

The leader of the Canadian Liberal Party has admitted smoking marijuana while a sitting member of parliament.

Justin Trudeau, 41, who called for the drug's legalisation in June, told the Huffington Post he last smoked marijuana three years ago.

Elected MP for Papineau, Quebec, in 2008, he is the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Steven Harper told the website that asthma had prevented him trying the drug.

Mr Trudeau's disclosure came in a survey by the news website of Canadian party leaders' drug use.

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair told the Huffington Post he too had smoked marijuana but declined to say when.

'A puff'

Mr Trudeau said he last smoked marijuana at a dinner party while his children were staying overnight with their grandmother.

"One of our friends lit a joint and passed it around," he said. "I had a puff."

He said he had used marijuana five or six times in his life but had never purchased the drug. He said he does not drink coffee and had never used hard drugs.

His admission drew swift condemnation from the majority Conservative Party.

"By flouting the laws of Canada while holding elected office, [Trudeau] shows he is a poor example for all Canadians, particularly young ones," Justice Minister Peter MacKay told broadcaster CBC.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More US & Canada stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • The AmericansThe good guys?

    A US TV show examining the Cold War is offering a radical revision of history, writes Eric Kohn


  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.