For those of you living in Ontario these were the words spoken by, our then Premier, Dalton McGuinty when he lifted the ban on beer tents. Now, in Ontario, you don’t have to only drink alcohol in Beer Tents. You can wander around events and drink….”more in keeping with European standards”. Of course, he failed to mention to the people of Ontario that most European countries have a BAC of .02 or .05. He also failed to mention that most European countries have mandatory jail sentences if you are caught drunk driving. Oh, and he failed to mention that most European countries have tough, mandatory jail sentences if you injure or kill someone while driving drunk. And he failed to mention that Ontario’s numbers, although they keep showing a drop in Impaired Driving Causing Death/Injury actually represent a drop in charges for Impaired Driving Causing Death/Injury (the courts are not prosecuting 78% of cases filed by the police). And last but certainly not least, he failed to mention that ALL European countries have seen a drop in drunk driving (unlike Canada).
So, in keeping with a discussion about European standards and a “let them have beer” kind of discussion I am reminded of a former European leader that said, “let them eat cake.” which was followed by “off with her head” if memory serves.
Maybe it’s time to remind our politicians that WE VOTE THEM IN AND WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT.