Caledonia — we don’t need any more laws, By Arthur Weinreb (CFP);
Ontario PC leader John Tory recently went to the besieged southern Ontario town of Caledonia that has been subject to a native occupation for the past year and a half and announced that if his party forms the next government he will strengthen the province’s trespass laws. Tory vowed to increase the fines under Ontario’s Trespass to Property Act to $2,000 for individuals and $25,000 for groups. The Act would cover not only those who trespass on someone else’s property but would include those persons who organize or finance such occupations. This was in keeping with Tory’s previous statements that civil remedies for those who are adversely affected by illegal occupations need to be used. This is bound to scare the occupiers; they’ll have to go to Ottawa to get more money to pay their fines.
If modern day society has any problem regarding laws it is that we have too many laws. In our current nanny state existence, almost every aspect of peoples’ lives is regulated to death. Even on their own property, people are prevented from cutting down their own trees and using pesticides to kill weeds. If anything, we need fewer laws, not more.
Let’s enforce current laws before we think about imposing new ones.