Grits in­tox­i­cated with power

Wine, women and cops in the rear-view mir­ror

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS -

The hip­ster Trudeau Lib­er­als, de­ter­mined to see pot le­gal­ized be­fore there is even a court­val­i­dated method of judg­ing mar­i­juana’s im­pair­ment fac­tor, now want to see women con­victed for the in­dictable sin of hav­ing one glass of wine.

Ex­perts who know their way around a breath­a­lyzer con­tend the ma­jor­ity of women who im­bibe a single glass of vino would likely end up in cus­tody if the le­gal drink­ing limit for driv­ing was re­duced to 50 mg of al­co­hol per 100 ml of blood from its cur­rent 80 mg.

For a 200-pound man, just two glasses likely would trip the switch.

But this is what the Lib­er­als de­cid­edly want.

Last spring, when the even­tu­ally tax the hell out of pot.

Those of a cer­tain vin­tage will re­mem­ber the days when the LCBO stores were dull and dowdy, with no booze on dis­play, and you had to fill out a form with the prod­uct’s cat­a­logue num­ber for the clerk to fetch out back, and hide it in a brown bag be­fore hand­ing it over.

To­day’s LCBOs, how­ever, are more like se­duc­tive broth­els than down-and-dirty store­fronts sell­ing in­tox­i­cants.

With the On­tario Lib­er­als set to push the min­i­mum wage up to $15 an hour, and with the fed­eral Lib­er­als want­ing to lower the le­gal al­co­hol limit, restau­rants might as well shut their doors.

There is no re­ward for con­sumer risk.

Back in 2009, On­tario in­tro­duced a law in which po­lice could seize a driver’s li­cence for three days if they blew be­tween 0.05 and 0.08, the so-called “warn range.”

Now the fed­eral Lib­er­als want to make crim­i­nals out of peo­ple who would pre­vi­ously re­ceive a warn­ing.

Wil­son-Ray­bould con­tends im­paired driv­ing sta­tis­tics were mis­lead­ing, and that driv­ing with a 0.05 al­co­hol­blood level dou­bles the chance of hav­ing an ac­ci­dent — even though im­paired driv­ing numbers in Canada are at their low­est level ever. So, it makes no sense. It makes even less sense, as well, when Canada’s crim­i­nal courts are al­ready so back­logged that judges have been toss­ing out mur­der charges be­cause of un­due de­lays.

Now the jus­tice min­is­ter wants them jammed-up even more by mak­ing one glass of wine a crim­i­nal of­fence for vir­tu­ally any woman who gets be­hind the wheel of a car.

It’s enough to drive a per­son to drink.

markbonokoski@gmail.com @MarkBonokoski

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