In some communities, fireworks are as synonymous with Halloween as trick or treating. But this year, residents of Burnaby, BC, won’t be allowed to purchase any. Left wing Mayor Derek Corrigan and council have banned them, even during the Halloween exemption that allows the sale of fireworks around the province for Halloween.
It seems whenever municipal governments have too much time on their hands, they just think of new things to ban, or listen to a loud vocal minority who demand to get their way.
But for every nanny state ninny, there is a freedom fighter:
I rode along with Elias Ishak as he fought the ban in his own way — making fireworks deliveries.
The families and individuals we met all had the same message for Mayor Corrigan and his nanny state city council:
The ban is silly, and we are responsible and deserve the freedom to buy fireworks in our own community for Halloween.
(By the way: Ishak is also an aspiring politician; he's running in the 2017 provincial election as an independent candidate for Burnaby-Deer Lake.)
It was great to see so many residents of Burnaby who support individual freedom and personal responsibility.
But I’ll explain why I don’t think we’ll see the end of municipal nanny state interference like this any time soon.