Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Bird Flu: The Latest Redistributive Scheme

The Ontario Government wants to extend its power over you because you might get Bird Flu:

Fears of a bird flu pandemic has the Ontario government looking to pass legislation before next summer that grants the premier "extraordinary" powers during emergencies, says the province's community safety minister.

Critical personnel would be required to work overtime and travel might be restricted in the event the H5N1 avian flu virus strikes Ontario, according to the bill introduced by Monte Kwinter on the final day of the legislature's last session.

Avian flu has been blamed for dozens of deaths in Asia and has western governments looking to shore up their emergency plans.

"When an emergency happens - it doesn't matter whether it's the avian flu, another pandemic of some sort, a terrorist attack, a nuclear accident . . . we have to respond immediately," Kwinter says.
Comrade Kwinter is no friend of freedom. Readers might recall that Kwinter was responsible for a recent bill requiring medical officials to report all victims of gunshot wounds to the police. He is also an outspoken opponent of marijuana, and frequently crusades against people who grow the plant, and seeks more powers for police, fire departments, hydro utilities and insurance companies.
He acknowledges the proposals face "potential controversy" because they would suspend certain individual rights in the event of a crisis. But he says the attorney general's office has already vetted language of the bill to ensure it doesn't infringe on Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The proposed legislation would allow the premier to declare a 14-day emergency, which could be extended another 14 days by the lieutenant governor. The premier would have to report to the Ontario legislature within 120 days after an emergency ended to explain what criteria was used to declare it.

Among other provisions, the legislation would fix prices of necessary goods to prevent gauging by retailers, and widen job protection for people unable to work.
It's not about Sars, nor bird flu but about limiting freedoms in the name of prevention and what ifs. 'The health of the nation' is a thinly veiled justification intended to mask the real reason behind this proposal: the government wants more control over our lives and one tactic is to frighten people into compliance with threats of the trendiest potential epidemic, although the reality is way more people die from the common flu than from viruses and diseases such as SARS or Avian Influenza. Even government reports indicate the possibility of a massive outbreak is rare and in China, bird flu has claimed "dozens" of deaths in a country of over a billion people.

As usual, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is invoked to 'protect' approved groups, cited as it is to benefit whomever the courts and legislators deem worthy. Prices reflect market trends, and in times of need, certain resources will be scarce, and necessarily demand and price will rise to reflect this change. Yes, people should prepare for potential emergencies, but why bother to be prudent if the goods will be redistributed according to the whims of those with the guns?

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

Bird flu.That's a good one.
Watch out for the Winter emergency of 'irregular-shaped snow flakes'.
That'll be next.