Canada: No smoking in your own car
The rugged West is no longer a bastion of individualism and personal responsibility.
The rugged West is no longer a bastion of individualism and personal responsibility, said Lorne Gunter. Alberta “has become every bit as politically correct, meddlesome, and safety obsessed as, say, liberal Ontario.” The proof? The new provincial health minister has decided to inflict an anti-smoking strategy “as preachy and intrusive” as any in Canada. In Alberta, smoking is now to be banned in any private car in which there is a passenger under the age of 18. Personally, I don’t like smoking. But I am “a non-smoker, not an anti-smoker.” I find the “sanctimony of anti-tobacco crusaders way, way more” disturbing than the occasional waft of smoke floating my way. “So complete is their sense of moral superiority that they simply cannot rest as long as anyone, anywhere is making a personal choice with which they disagree.” Such micromanagement of citizens’ lives is downright frightening. “As foolish and irresponsible as private smoking is, it is just that—private.” What’s next? Will we ban smoking in homes where children live? Or will we just start taking children away from parents who smoke? That would be the logical extension of this nanny-statism: actually having the all-knowing state raise our kids for us.