April 30, 2016

Nanny State Ninny Award for April: Politicians protect you from door-to-door fraudsters (sort of...)

David MenziesMission Specialist

For the month of April, our Nanny State Ninny Award goes to two Greater Toronto Area city councillors who want to save the public from . . . door-to-door salespeople.

Colin Campbell and Karen Ras have thrown their support behind a plan to call on the provincial government to usher in a ban that prohibits door-to-door sales and while I’m no fan of the experience, and don’t need a new water heater or my air ducts cleaned, have adults become incapable of saying “no thanks”? What about just not answering the door?

Apparently, they’re also concerned about people getting bilked. Well, there’s a big difference between annoying and illegal and if a product or service is sold based on bogus information, there are already laws on the books for fraud. Whatever happened to the concept of caveat emptor?

Campbell and Ras want to protect adults from buyer’s remorse?

They have of course provided some exemptions. Watch my video to find out who they think should be allowed to continue to bamboozle the public with bogus claims.

You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2016-05-02 15:14:27 -0400
I’d see better use of a law that criminalizes politicians that lie to us on our door steps or through corrupt media coverage. Trudeau would be in jail after day one.
commented 2016-05-01 17:45:00 -0400
Hi Jamie,

I think you might be partially right on the meaning of Toronto.
Sources (not Wikipedia) claim that Toronto was Huron for big papoose and Onondaga for shallow place.
However the Trigglypufferian meaning is . . .

“One big papoose with very shallow place between the ears”

commented 2016-05-01 17:38:59 -0400
True, there are unscrupulous people out there ripping off law abiding citizens. Sorry, but such is life.
The are sufficient laws on the books to handle these problems IF OUR GUTLESS POLITICIANS AND JUDGES WOULD ONLY ENFORCE IT!
Back in the sixties before the death penalty was abolished, I made the acquaintance of a couple of fellows who robbed banks. Never knew their names and had very little to do with them. However, I asked them if they used weapons when the committed bank robberies and they indicated that they did but that the weapons were not loaded since they did not want to face the death penalty.
Guess what?
The same fellows robbed a bank with loaded weapons a few years later and used loaded weapons. The death penalty was abolished by this time and there was no longer any threat to their lives if they actually killed someone.

Thanks to all the liberals for making our country much safer!

commented 2016-05-01 08:25:50 -0400
your all missing the point! this is to protect those that get taken by shysters such as the the old citizens. My mom a few years ago bought a vacuum that never came and wrote out a check for 5 thousand bucks. for it.Luckily I managed to get to the bank and stop payment before it was cashed. THis is what the govt wants to stop
commented 2016-04-30 23:48:40 -0400
Ban the self serving politicians from showing up at our doors. Welcome all those who make an honest living from door-to-door sales.
commented 2016-04-30 17:55:21 -0400
I note that Campbell and Ras are white. I have also noted that many of the door to door sales-folks are non-white recent immigrants,including several Muslims, working a second or third job to make ends meet.

Hence, it is clear proof that regressive liberal politicians are racist Islamophobes. Rams and Campbell need to be taken to the Ontario Human Rights Commission and disciplined.
commented 2016-04-30 17:19:41 -0400
Toronto: old Huron word meaning “land of many big papoose”.
commented 2016-04-30 16:51:03 -0400
Hey asshole. your NOT getting behind anything.
Genuine door to door sales, whats wrong with that? I make my ENTIRE living doing just that. I sell a genuine high quality product/service, I even have a 9.8 rating on HomeStars doing so. MY COMPANY employees 21 people. So banning door to door means you’ll be throwing 21 of my workers onto the street, along with their tax dollars. We can’t all just sit behind our phones waiting for people to call us for products and services. Some of us are high energy, entrepreneurs that go out there actively looking for sales. and your gonna get behind that? your no conservative!
commented 2016-04-30 15:33:57 -0400

government murdering the private sector again – what else is new – hopefully Wynne drops dead soon.
commented 2016-04-30 14:04:09 -0400
Here we go again!
The government needs to introduce more controls and pass more laws so they can SPEND more tax money for stupidity.
Who will police this? When charges are laid, how much money will be spent to prosecute.
No wonder Toronto is the butt of all sorts of jokes.
The municipal government are bigger losers than the leafs.
Why don’t they work on helping people with genuine needs such as the elderly and the less fortunate. Omit the refugees though since they already have sufficient government aid.

commented 2016-04-30 13:17:16 -0400
….1312 Hr