My friend Pierre Lemieux has a great commentary on Prime Minister Harper's plans to impose tough new safety recall regulations.
Calling Harper the "Hugo Chavez of the North", (I wish I had thought of that) Lemieux rightly notes "that consumer protection policies have perverse consequences that make the Welfare State even more in demand. The more people believe that the state protects them against everything, the more gullible they become and the more they need their Nanny."
And Lemieux also puts his finger on a point everybody else seems to be missing. Harper's recall legislation excludes foods and cosmetics “manufactured in Canada solely for the purpose of being exported”.
As Lemieux quips: "Let the bad Canadian capitalists kill foreigners!"
I wonder what other new state powers Hugo Harper will have in store for us should he win a majority?