New Zealand party leader Jacinda Ardern said she tried cannabis “a long time ago” when asked during a heated live debate on the Wednesday before the October 17th general election.
40-year-old Ardern has won a second term due to her success in containing COVID-19, but her rival, Conservative National Party leader Judith Collins, has reclaimed her support.
New Zealanders also vote on two other issues – the legalization of recreational cannabis and euthanasia – issues that have different opinions across the country.
In Wednesday’s second election debate, when asked by the moderator if she had ever used cannabis, Ardern said: “Yes, I did that a long time ago.”
But she said she would only reveal how she voted on the cannabis referendum after the election.
“I made a clear decision that the New Zealand public should decide this, and I want it not to be about politics,” she said.
However, Collins said she never used cannabis and would vote against it.
In the far-reaching debate, both heads of state and government were also asked whether US President Donald Trump had a dangerous influence on the world.
Collins said Trump has had good results recently in the peace deal between Israel and some Gulf states.
“It’s actually better than war. He wasn’t ready to go to war,” said Collins.
Ardern shot back and said, “It’s a worry when the best you can say is we didn’t have a war?”
Ardern last month criticized Trump’s comments that New Zealand had seen a surge in COVID-19 as “obviously wrong”.
“I totally reject the idea that we are being compared to the US President Trump outbreak and stand by my answer,” said Ardern, whose brand of liberal, inclusive, and compassionate leadership has led some people to consider them ” have designated “. the anti-Trump “.
New Zealand has had 25 coronavirus-related deaths, including the lowest in the world, while the US has killed more than 200,000 people.
The comments came just hours after Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden fought fiercely in a chaotic and bad-tempered initial debate marked by personal insults and Trump’s repeated interruptions.
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