McQUARRIE – More Father Knows Best – The back door to legislating morality

Pierre Trudeau being interviewed by CHNL reporter Bob Egbie in late 1960s. Trudeau famously said there is no place for the State in the bedrooms of the nation.

LAST WEEK’S column on the perils of pot and how Father Knows Best, drew a number of responses but one in particular caught my eye. In this case, the reader felt City Hall was doing what the electorate wanted when he stated, “Jeez, maybe its (sic) because they were elected to do what there (sic) doing.”

If I understand that correctly, the reader is pointing out that City Council was elected based on the ideas and values they held and therefore he feels the by-law is simply a reflection or extension of those values.  It is, according to the reader, simply the politician doing the job they were elected to do.

It’s an interesting point as it removes right or wrong from the equation and replaces it with political dogma as the primary test for the appropriateness or in his case, righteousness of a bylaw.


Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.

1 Comment on McQUARRIE – More Father Knows Best – The back door to legislating morality

  1. It seems to me a person of strong beliefs is condemned in our present state of affairs because the right to differ is being relinquished to an aggressive but murky pack mentality.
    However, a councillor is only one vote and if the slightest of majority is of conformists tendencies then how can good policies come out of it?

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