Nova Scotia has just announced minimum-price laws for drinking estblishments. My question for the crowd – is this an example of a nanny government infantilizing the population or in the age of highly-expensive socialized medicine, is this move necessary?
For what it’s worth, and just to get things started, I will almost always vote for fewer, clearer laws, so I vote (A). Let ’em drink and if they do get hurt, put ’em in line, treat ’em, and send them on their way. Bars that build a reputation for fights and mayhem will soon enough see their clientelle drift away to other places, that might serve more expensive alcohol in a saner, more entertaining atmosphere.
Update: If saving provincial healthcare dollars is really the motivation and not say, pedantic moralism, then I would suggest there are other places to look as well.