A judge's ruling Manitoba's anti-smoking law must apply to native reserves has raised a legal question other provinces will face as they decide whether to allow band councils to set their own smoking rules.As the authorities in Ontario are reluctant to enforce the laws off the reserves when natives are involved, it is probable your average non-native will continue to be harassed by the appointed smoke nazis while the natives happily puff away on the reserve. I suspect the situation will remain much the same in Manitoba, despite the ruling, as natives there will not likely take kindly to some white-collared busybody telling them what to do on their officially recognized land. Nor should they.
Instead of playing the oppressed card, natives and non-natives alike should band together in protest against legislation like anti-smoking laws which gradually destroy the concept of private property and necessarily your rights along with it. Special exemptions and privileges enjoyed today will come back and bite you in the ass tomorrow.
Crossposted @ Dust My Broom
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Wednesday, August 16, 2006