Canada a realfree society

Editor, The News:

Re: Safety and rights of society must come first (Letters, Nov. 21)

Talk about simplistic and fantasy.

Graham Mowatt's choice of good examples that he thinks should be a working model for how Canadians deal with our drug problems is quite telling. He uses Singapore, which is not even a real democracy and there is no separation between the government and the judicial system and they have the highest execution rate per capita in the world. You can be deported there for having long hair – a real free society.

The sickest joke is using Abu Dubai as a positive example of how to do things: slavery was only banned there in 1963, and what replaced that institution was indentured (guest) workers, which is quite indistinguishable from slavery; and it is a sheikhdom, definitely not a democracy; its legal system is Sharia law, and If you read the papers you will see that a woman who is raped by nine men can receive 200 lashes and be sent to jail; they cut off hands and heads and there is no such thing as civil rights for the majority of the population.

Mr. Mowatt is obviously one of those individuals that no matter how wrong headed a policy is, it isn't the policy that is wrong, it is just that we haven't enforced it hard enough.

Unfortunately for Mr. Mowatt, Canada is still a democracy and ruled by consensus, for the most part. I am afraid most Canadians would not enjoy living in the country Mr. Mowatt envisions.

Wayne Clark

Maple Ridge

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