The acclaimed Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, admitted this Wednesday in an electoral debate that he tried cannabis “a long time ago”. In her second debate against her rival, the conservative leader of the National Party, Judith Collins, the moderate asked Jacinda “if she had ever used cannabis” and she said: “Yes, I did, a long time ago,” she replied.
“I made the clear decision that I want the people of New Zealand to decide this and not be about politics,” he says, while his opponent Collins said he never used cannabis. and that I would vote against. New Zealanders are divided on two issues that will be key and they are: the legalization of cannabis and euthanasia.
The country holds general elections in October after being delayed a month by the Covid-19 pandemic, and Jacinda Ardern is in full swing popularity boom.
The Prime Minister, heavily pressured by the opposition and its partners of Government, decided last month to postpone the elections from September 19 to October 17 due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the city of Auckland, the most populated in the country.
Ardern, leader of the Labor Party, faces these elections at a time popularity record and his training starts as the undisputed winner with a voting intention of 53 percent, according to some survey last August. The political charismatic became in 2017, at 37 years old, the youngest prime minister in the history of her country after agreeing a government alliance with the Green parties and New Zealand First.
Ardern’s popularity skyrocketed within and outside his country by her firm and empathetic response to the supremacist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand town of Christchurch, which killed 51 people in March 2019. Furthermore, his management of the pandemic, also applauded internationally, It included one of the strictest lockdowns in the world at the end of March when the country only had about 50 infections, which allowed it to return to normal practice in early June.