Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Nanny state gone crazy

I am becoming increasingly annoyed at the bleating over the "scandal" of excessive waits for new Canadian passports.
The Auditor General has lambasted Passport Canada for not being prepared for the increased demand for new passports brought about by the "new" US regulations requiring Canadian air travellers to the US to carry a passport.
There are questions being asked in the House: The Opposition has accused the government of failing to foresee the crisis and failing the populace.
300 new passport workers are being hired and trained, in addition to the 200 extra workers who have already been hired to cope with the backlog - all this at the taxpayers' expense, of course.
Nowhere, except for one solitary letter to the Globe and Mail's Editor that I have seen, is anyone putting any blame on the idiots who have left it until January or February to apply for a passport for their March break trip to the sun.
Personally, I have no sympathy whatsoever for them. Whether you agree or not with the US's reasoning, it is a widely-know fact. The US regulations were announced back in April 2005, nearly 2 years ago, to great fanfare and media attention. Regular reminders have appeared in the press since then. Travel agents have been reminding clients for quite some time of the new requirements.
It is the people who chose not to apply early that have precipitated this "crisis", and caused a major headache for the few people who did have bona fide reasons for not applying early (such as parents of new babies, etc), for whom I do have some sympathy.
Surely, this is the nanny state gone crazy.

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