And the list keeps getting longer...
Did the Ontario Liberal caucus look at Nancy's list and think, "Well, it's a good start, but we could still...."
Now, in barely one year of governing, McGuinty et al have introduced bills to tell you:
- Where and when you can smoke (answer: never and nowhere)
- What kind of dog you can own
- What your kids can eat in school
- When your minor children can drop out of high school (answer: never)
- Who you can pay your own money to diagnose your health (answer: no one)
- And now, what you have to wear while bicycling
I've mentioned before that Alberta isn't exactly a libertarian paradise. Nevertheless, there is still an underlying awareness, at least among elected provincial officials, that there is a sizeable portion of the population whose core attitude toward the government is summed up in two words, the second of which is OFF. And whether you agree with that perspective or not, it sure as hell gives pause to legislators pondering new rules telling us what to do. And, that is an indisputably good thing.
*On an unrelated note, I fervently hope Mark Steyn's just-announced hiatus is unrelated to the health problems which kept him away from the conventions this summer. The places I would first expect to see mention of this (Instapundit and The Corner), perhaps with a bit further explanation, are thus far silent. Best wishes to him and his family.