OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Justin Trudeau's confession he smoked pot after he was elected is encouraging children to light up.
Harper took aim at the Liberal leader Thursday in Toronto for being a policy lightweight and setting a poor example for kids.
"I look at the contrast of promoting marijuana use for our children versus saying yesterday (Wednesday) he will have no economic policies for two years," Harper said after Trudeau side-stepped questions about policies at a caucus retreat.
"Our priority as a government is not encouraging the spread of drugs, it is encouraging job creation," Harper said.
He also announced that his government will introduce legislation in the fall that would bring in consecutive sentencing for child sexual predators and allow spouses of offenders to testify.
Trudeau proclaimed last week that he smoked a doobie months after standing in the House of Commons in support of harsher penalties for pot possession.
His position has since changed and he now advocates the legalization of marijuana, saying it would keep the drug out of the reach of youth because proof-of-age cards would be required to purchase it.
As has been the case with most politicians since Trudeau's admission, Harper was asked if he ever got stoned.
"Do I seem like I smoke marijuana?" he said, smirking, seemingly knowing the question was coming.
He also explained that he has suffered with asthma since childhood and that smoking anything has always been out of the question.