OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau says jailed pro-pot activist Marc Emery was "flat out lying" when he said he smoked a few joints with the now Liberal leader.
"I only met Marc Emery once in my life — so that's a lot of smoking with him that I apparently did," Trudeau said in Trois-Rivieres, Que., Friday.
"I've never done it except with people I know and trust. And Marc Emery was someone I met but certainly not someone I ever thought of smoking with."
Trudeau faced a second day of media questioning after revealing he's smoked pot a handful of times in his life — including once three years ago when a joint was passed around a dinner party.
He was the MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau at the time.
Emery is the self-described Prince of Pot and is currently serving a five-year jail sentence in the U.S. for distributing marijuana seeds through the mail. In 2009, he called Trudeau a "hypocrite" for voting along with the rest of the Liberal caucus that year in support of the Conservatives' Bill C-15.
That failed legislation would have brought in tougher penalties for growing pot plants. Similar legislation later passed in 2012 as part of Bill C-10.
Trudeau "has smoked with me four or five times," Emery said in filmed public remarks not long after the Commons vote.
The Liberal leader said he only ever met Emery once and that the activist smoked weed during the meeting but he abstained.
CABINET MINISTER POKES FUN AT TRUDEAU
Trudeau's admission he smoked a doobie after supporting harsher sentences for pot possession has prompted at least one cabinet minister to open up about his own vice.
Employment Minister Jason Kenney says he has never smoked reefer like the Liberal leader did when he was a backbench MP.
"I'll let Mr. Trudeau's comments and actions speak for themselves," Kenney said Friday in the shadow of the Supreme Court where he announced $1.5 million to build a memorial to victims of communism.
"All I can say is I would like to make a public confession that I do drink coffee ... I have been drinking coffee for many years."
Kenney's quip was in response to Trudeau's claim Thursday he dislikes a cup of java and rarely touches booze.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird also piped in about Trudeau's drug past and said he's never been stoned on pot. "Unequivocally," he said.
Baird said he learned from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Douglas Ginsburg to stay away from marijuana.
"I came of age politically in the 1980s and I can recall one of president Reagan's nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court had to withdraw because of his use of that substance, so I took my example from that."
Ginsburg withdrew his nomination in 1987 after his 1960s university days came back to haunt him when it was revealed he was a pot smoker during school and afterwards when he was a professor at Harvard University in the 1970s.
-- Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter