What is the job of government? One wonders if the people in government ever stop to ask themselves that question. What business am I in? That’s something we all need to ask of ourselves from time to time as a reminder of what we are supposed to be doing which is not always what we actually are doing. That’s true of governments everywhere. They find themselves in areas which would be better left either to the private sector or untouched altogether.
Tobacco regulations are so stringent in Canada now as to make it exceedingly difficult for the companies to do business,. Now, not many are going to shed a tear for big tobacco nor should they. But what ought to concern us is the extent to which our governments think it is their job to protect us from ourselves. Now that the feds have decided to jump on the international bandwagon of forcing the makers of cigarettes to put them in plain brown wrapping, what’s next? Will liquor companies have to brown bag it too? How about the makers of sugary breakfast cereals or junk foods? Is it really Justin Trudeau’s (or any other politician) job to tell us what’s good for us?
Here’s what I’d like to see from all levels of government:
1) Spend my money wisely
2) Pass laws which are fair and reasonable
You would think that doing those two things would keep our elected officials busy 24 hours a day. But mission creep is a part of all of their portfolios and they can’t just do what they were hired to do. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they did?