According to the London Free Press, the province-wide smoking ban, taking effect on May 31 in Ontario, turns out to be an employment opportunity — but not, as it happens, for people working in the restaurant and bar industry that had formerly benefited from mutually agreed-upon exchanges in the peaceable pursuits of pleasure or profit in private spaces. Instead, a few more handfuls of bureaucratic underlings accountable neither to taxpayers nor to their unwilling clients will be hired to perform no economic function whatsoever at the cost of wealth extracted from the economy in the form of taxes. Of course, this is what happens when you put people who are a net drag on the economy in the first place in charge of the economy.
How much would it cost us for the province to appear really serious then?
Ontario's public health units are getting an additional $5.5 million from the province to help pay for the enforcement of a provincewide ban on smoking in public places that kicks in at month's end.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Thursday, May 18, 2006