More Wisdom From the Atlantic Seaboard

Dave Killion — June 5, 2012

Time to add yet another Atlantic Canadian libertarian blog to your list! Along with previously-endorsed Liberty PEI and The Murph Report, I bring you atlanticlibertarian (dedicated to promoting libertarian ideas around New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador). In a recent post, atlanticcanadian suggests that there is no reason for Canadians to believe that nothing as unreasonable as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent proposal to ban big sodas could happen here. We’re already on our way –

“This is not something unique to the Big Apple. Nova Scotia wants to ban the children from doing fundraisers involving cake. We have all saw the chocolate bars that schools use to raise money for their sports teams at least they used to here in New Brunswick. Many, including myself sold them. In fact I really like those especially the caramel ones. One wonders when they will be banned from school fundraisers. Already certain types of junk food/pop(soda) are banned in school vending machines. This is all done in the name of nutrition…

So as we can see government is dictating to the people at least in certain ways what we can eat. They are telling the schools kids and thus telling the parents that the government knows how to best raise their kids. In NYC they are telling adults that the government knows best what they can and can’t drink. The same has been true in Canada for many years now- the sale of raw milk has been banned for quite a while. The same is true for many US states. All because Big Brother knows what’s best.”

Given universal health insurance, I’m surprised food nannyism in Canada isn’t further along than it is. What I’m not surprised about is that the restrictions are imposed on kids first. That just makes it easier to get the adults to comply. But don’t you worry. It may take a little time, but sooner or later, I expect Nanny will clamp down on all her children, grown or not.

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