Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alberta's New Morality Police

Movie inspectors to parent the province's children

It's amaing the kind of things a dominant majority government can pass when its citizens aren't looking.

In Alberta, Bill 18 -- the Film and Video Classification Act -- is set to establish a provincial film czar to classify or reclassify films within the boundaries of Alberta.

The film czar would also have the power to hire inspectors who would go to movie theatres and rental stores and ensure that children under the age of 14 aren't being admitted to or allowed to rent movies rated 18A or higher.

Any video rental clerk or usher allowing children under 14 to rent or see such films would be eligible for a $10,000 fine, even if accompanied by a parent.

Few people would suggest that children have any business watching movies such as Sin City or Watchmen. Then again, to establish a provincial office to dictate whether or not parents may allow their children to watch them or not is an unacceptable invasion of a parent's rights and responsibilities.

Bill 18 is merely a proclaimation away from being law.

But with word finally getting out about Bill 18, the government may find itself in a much less tenable position, but only if Albertans remain confident enough in their democratic ability to stand up and put a stop to it.

Other bloggers writing about this topic:

Lawrence Krysak - "Alberta's Indisputable Power to Censor"

Cracked Crystal Ball II - "Conservative Totalitarianism"

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