I think he's still stoned
Ross Rebagliati, pot-head, former Olympic medallist and currently the Liberals' star candidate in Okanagan-Coquihalla, as interviewed by Jonathon Gatehouse in Maclean's magazine:
On his reasons for liking Ignatieff:
Rebagliati: I think Michael Ignatieff has been a great leader...
Maclean's: Why do you think he’s in such difficulty?
Rebagliati: That’s a great question... I don’t feel like I have enough information to make a comment on that...
On the importance of voting:
Rebagliati: ...We’re sending our Canadian soldiers overseas to create a democracy in a foreign land.... And we can’t even bring ourselves to vote here, when we have that right and privilege? To me, that’s unacceptable.
Maclean's: Have you been a regular voter?
Rebagliati: No I haven’t...
On his reasons for liking Trudeau:
Rebagliati: Trudeau... had a cool car and all the girls liked him.
On political lessons he learned in Nagano:
Rebagliati: ...I was put in a Japanese jail for several hours and interrogated, there were potential charges that could have been imposed on me... When I did get my medal back, that famous picture of me holding it up was actually taken on the steps of the Japanese police station—I don’t think people realize that.
On his current, uh, lifestyle
Maclean's: ...you described your job since the Olympics as basically “being Ross.” What does that entail?
Rebagliati: At a certain point, everybody has to face who they are as a person.
Maclean's: How are you making your living these days?
Rebagliati: ...This afternoon, I’m going to be driving a pilot truck for a friend who delivers houseboats... I do what I can, when I can, however I can.
On his plans for the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics:
Rebagliati: I’m going to try to get into as many events as I can, but I don’t have a single ticket.
Macleans: Did you try to get tickets?
Rebagliati: No, I didn’t try
Maclean's: Are you in favour of legalization?
Rebagliati: I see myself...standing in the middle of the room, and having a clear view of all the issues, including the legalization of marijuana
Maclean's: ...do you still use marijuana?
Rebagliati: ...When the time comes, I’ll address it. I just don’t think now is the right time.
Maclean's: What’s your campaign theme song going to be?
Rebagliati: I like... Bob Marley
I'd predict that the Liberals under Rebagliati will come in fourth place, but that's what they did last time, so that's not exactly being bold.