Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Alberta PC gov't continues its war on fun

Just when I thought this government couldn't get any more useless and intrusive, "Prohibition Eddie" is continuing his war on fun.

I have made the prediction that this PC Ed Stelmach government will soon raise the alcohol drinking age to at least 19 to match our adjoining provinces, if not higher or back to 21.  I am further convinced of this with today's stupid announcement that they are banning the sale of beer with an alcohol content of more than 12%.  

Since Ed's been in power, they have banned happy hours having cheap drinks, have limited a person to two drinks after the midnight hour.  They have taxed booze and revoked it leaving much of it at higher prices.

I don't know anyone who binge drinks on this higher-end beer.  And it is higher-end.  I remember being in San Francisco this August at a really cool bar on Haight Street that had the widest variety of beers, stouts, ales, malts, and Pislners I have ever seen.  I tried a couple that were above 12% in alcohol content.  They were delicious but let me tell you, I wouldn't have a second one of that same kind.  Very filling.

With the recent passing of their "comprehensive distracted driver" law which studies show that it will actually INCREASE accidents, it's nice to know that there's a nanny-state government right here in "strong and free" Alberta.  It's nice to know that they are incrementally removing responsibility and freedoms.  It's nice to know that I'll never vote for this party ever again.

So why stop at beer?  While we're at it, let's ban ALL booze with an alcohol content above 12%.  That will wipe out many wines, all liqueurs, and hard booze.  And while we're at it, let's just ban all booze.  Because if you make an argument that high-alcohol boutique beer is a problem, then you HAVE TO argue that all booze is a problem.

And "Prohibition Eddie" will soon have a real problem--declining revenue and a vast underground economy run by gangs.


hunter said...

Hey I make raspberry wine that would knock your socks off, maybe I should start selling it out of my backdoor, get a leap on the coming competition!

Conservatives are not being very Conservative here in Alberta. Boot the bums out!

Anonymous said...

We also have a twit (MPP Dave Taylor) who is going to introduce a bill to limit idling vehicles to 3 minutes.
The Alberta health system is in deep $#!t, the royalty thing is all screwed up, we are running a deficit, and there is any number of things that need attention and this tit is worried about my truck idling fro 3 minutes. We really have to give the Wild Rose Alliance a kick at the cat.

Rob C

johndoe124 said...

All major parties both at provincial and federal level have become bullies and petty tyrants. If Canadians truly value their freedoms they would start voting Libertarian.

Ardvark said...

With all of the Nanny state BS and the growing of gov't, which when you have a majority is ALL of their own doing; the PC's have lost my vote and I doubt that it will be returning anytime soon.

Premier Smith has a nice ring to it, and for conservatism in Alberta the time is now to give the WRA a shot.

Simeon (Sam) George Drakich said...

Sadly the Wild Rose party imploded.