Wednesday, August 16, 2006

It is the nature of Government to discriminate

If bar owners in Ontario were to erect a barrier in downtown London to protest the smoking ban, do you think the government and the police would turn their heads and avert their eyes?


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.

Justice Albert Clearwater of Court of Queen's Bench ruled Monday an exemption for reserves is discriminatory because it violates Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees all people receive equal treatment under the law.

"It is every bit a breach of the charter to create offences for certain conduct by persons . . . and to concurrently exempt aboriginal persons from prosecution for the same conduct," Clearwater wrote.
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


Anonymous said...

I hate to break it to you, but anti-smoking laws protect people from secondhand smoke.

Everyone has the right to breathe easy.

When your kids get lung cancer thanks to you, you'll feel like a jackass.

Pietr said...

I don't smoke, but I know wishful hatred when I see it.
Get some therapy mate.