January 21, 2009

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Effective today, the province has banned smoking in cars where children under 16 are present.

How far can we go to legislating good parenting?

Join me and an excellent panel tonight, live, on TVO on The Agenda with Steve Paikin.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How far do we go for good parenting? I don't agree with smoking, but this has gone too far. It is an invasion of privacy. Big Brother has gone way overboard on this issue. Am I going to call the authorities if I see someone smoking with a kid in the car? I doubt it. If you are going to make legislation to stop it, then patrol it. Chief Blair in T.O. says it will not be a priority with his police officers, so smoking will go on as usual. It would be more advantageous if this Liberal Government, under the leadership of Dalton McGuinty, got into the real politics of this province like Caledonia and the York University strike, to name two, but that takes work. The province is going to hell in a handcart. Anyone can draft up legislation about banning smoking, pesticides on residential lawns, cell phones looking out the window. It takes no effort to do so and next to no cost to taxpayers. Common sense needs to come back into our lives. If smoking is that bad, a priority, stop selling them. Stop the hyprocrisy surrounding smoking. You cannot condemn it and take taxes from it. All McGuinty is doing is supplying smoke and mirrors in an effort to buy some votes, to let on he is really doing something, when in reality, he is a joke.

January 21, 2009 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually agree with the law. Kids are supposed to be under your care if you are their parent. Second hand smoke is bad news and its not fair to subject a kid to that stuff. I also take driving very seriously and wish others would too. I don't have a cell phone, ipod, cup holders or mini microwave in my car. I'm busy driving and enjoying it 100 percent until I come across someone who isn't paying attention. I shouldn't have to drive defensively because someone else can't be bothered to watch what they're doing.

January 21, 2009 11:36 AM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

While I agree that smoking around children is a bad thing I think the fact that we have to pass a law to deal with this is insane. Couldn't we just call Children's Aid or something and complain of child endangerment? How far can the nanny state go in legislating stupidity: Rumour has it that Dalton and friends are considering a law to prevent children from riding as passengers on the back of a motorcycle.

January 21, 2009 7:43 PM  

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