"My own government betrayed me and I'm going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge when I get home and campaign against the Conservatives," Emery said, adding he'll be campaigning for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals leading up to the federal election in October of 2015.
Trudeau is on record saying he will legalize marijuana in Canada if his party forms the next government, while Harper and his Conservative government oppose legalization. The Conservatives cooperated with U.S. officials in the Emery investigation and allowed the 56-year-old to be extradited
to the States. "The whole thing is nonsense," Emery said. "I should never have been turned over to the U.S. government."
Marc Emery: Marijuana man served his time
Arguably those words are in contrast to the more contrite words Emery uttered upon being sentenced
in September of 2010 to 5 years. "I regret that my actions have brought me here" Emery said before promising "to never advocate civil disobedience, or condone civil disobedience, or ever flout Canadian or US laws ever again." He had then added that his "example of flouting the law is a bad example to set for others.”
On Wednesday, Emery told the CBC's Ian Hanomansing he achieved martyrdom with his sentencing and that everyone has now "seen the results of 20 years of my activism throughout the world, and the landscape has changed considerably. Most of Canada and most of the United States favours legalization and this is going to come to pass. And a lot of that was due to our early work in Vancouver."
Along with his wife, Jodie Emery, 29, he said he'll embark on a tour of 30 Canadian cities to support Trudeau and the Liberals and unseat Harper and the Conservatives. The Liberals, however, recently told the CBC
that they do not endorse the Emerys. Liberal spokesperson Dave Sommer said the marijuana activist couple are "not affiliated with the party and we haven’t had any hand in planning these events at all.”
Emery is in a Louisiana deportation facility awaiting his release and return to Canada.