A family celebration took a strange twist yesterday for an Alberta Family:
A mother was fined yesterday for smoking while her 18 year old son present with her in the car.
She had just picked up her son, a private in the Canadian Armed Forces, after he had recently returned from duty in Afghanistan as part of Canada's ongoing training of the Afghan Army when police stopped her and issued the fine. The 2 were headed to a family gathering celebrating the sons return and the mother had just informed her son that he would not be able to drink any alcohol at the celebration due to recent changes to Alberta's drinking age brought in by Premier Alison Redford who maintains that "Albertans have asked us to do this" and added "Won't somebody please think of the children!"
To make matters worse the mother who during the incident had become distraught called her husband who was already at the celebration only minutes away, but when he arrived police seized his vehicle and took his licence after he had blown a 0.05 on a roadside device. Pleas to the officers that he had only had one drink and had finished it less that 5 minutes previous to blowing fell upon deaf ears as he watched his work vehicle being towed away.
When asked for comment the Son said "WTF, is this really Alberta?"
Think such a scenario is impossible? Think again.
Banning smoking in cars + Raising the legal drinking age to 19 = what you read above becoming a real possibility. As for Bill 26, we need not look beyond our neighbours in BC to see what kind of problems we can expect to see soon here in Alberta.
Is this really the Alberta we want? It is time for a change.
Monday update: Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security Jonathan DenisTweeted:
"No changes to Alberta's drinking age. http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/01/15/top-tories-cool-to-increasing-albertas-drinking-age-to-19 #ableg"
Good, but I have this nagging feeling that this was a trial balloon and that raising the drinking age was indeed on Redford's radar.