It never ceases to amaze me how Canada, and Canadians, have permitted the corporations and politicians to weight the laws in favour of corporate greed over human requirements.
25 years ago Philip Howard published his great book “The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America“. Reading it at the time I took some small comfort that Canada was not that way. I left Canada 20 years ago, and returning now for extended stays I see that in fact Common Sense has truly up and died in Canada as well.
Canada was charmed and bullied by corporations and politicians alike, all in the name of progress. And now we are left with the hostile, uncaring, faceless “press 1 for poor service, press 2 for worse service” culture that everyone bemoans.
Complaining to your friends is good. Complaining to the organisations better. Organising opposition is best. But already the law is so heavily on the side of companies that opposition becomes risky. From independent milk producers risking jail to home power enthusiasts, Canada has become a bizarre place that touts it’s freedom while cowering in the corner.
Yes, it is worse in <insert country of choice>, but just because next door you get poked with a stick in both eyes doesn’t mean that getting poked with a stick in one eye at home is something to be proud of.