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It looks like Canada is feverishly cracking down on personal freedoms and liberties just as the US administration has been doing for quite some time, but accelerated in the past 9 years under the Bush administration. Canada, especially the province of Ontario, have been severely limiting liberties and freedoms of individuals and also organizations.
“While random breath testing will be challenged under the charter, this should not deter Parliament from introducing a measure that has dramatically reduced alcohol-related crash deaths around the world and can do the same in Canada,” says the paper [in the article below].
In the past few years, smoking in cars with your children has been declared illegal in some provinces, while the Federal government has been contemplating implementing road side alcohol testing. What is next, random blood testing like those that are being done in the United States under the guise of searching for sexual predators?
This seems to be a precursor to getting the public used to the idea of having a federalized, or harmonized police force patrolling the highways and roads of Canada as is happening in the United States.
Random breathalyzer tests considered for Canadas
BY CBC NEWS
The federal justice minister is considering a new law that would allow police to conduct random breathalyzer tests on drivers, regardless of whether they suspect motorists have been drinking.Justice Minister Rob Nicholson raised the prospect recently at a meeting of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, according to MADD chief executive Andrew Murie.
If random testing were to be adopted, it would be a major change to Canada’s 40-year-old breathalyzer legislation, which stipulates that police may only administer a test if they suspect a driver has been drinking.
In June, a House of Commons parliamentary committee recommended changing the legislation to allow for random testing, arguing it is an effective deterrent.
The change would also bring Canada in line with a number of other countries in Europe and countries like Australia, which have adopted similar measures.
Murie said its biggest selling point is that it improves road safety, with drunk driving fatalities dropping 36 per cent in Australia after legislation was introduced, and 23 per cent in Ireland when it made the change.
“It remains to be seen what the actual legislation is when the minister brings it forward because we want to make sure that it’s appropriately constrained and it’s not too much of an infringement on civil liberties,” Dosanjh told CBC News.
Dosanjh said the charter does allow for constraints on rights when they are deemed reasonable, but said he would need to see how those constraints are implemented before judging any future legislation.
Original full article hosted at CBC News
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