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Bloviating Zeppelin: Canadian Insanity

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Canadian Insanity

Perhaps I'm late on this news-tip, but I just recently became aware of a Canadian ruling from last month. Read away and please be certain, if you're a parent, that you're sitting down:

GATINEAU, Quebec, June 20, 2008 ( - A Quebec youngster has used the courts to avoid parental discipline in a "landmark" case. The 12-year-old girl, who is too young to be named, went to court to force her father to overturn his decision not to allow her to go on a school trip. Her father had decided to ground her after he found out she had posted photos of herself on a dating website against his wishes.

The sixth grader then took her father to court, arguing that his punishments were too severe. Madam Justice Suzanne Tessier of the Quebec Superior Court ruled today that denying the girl permission to go on the school trip was an excessive punishment. The girl's lawyer, Lucie Fortin, said, "She's becoming a big girl" and described the school trip as "a unique event in her life", the Globe and Mail reported.

In arguing the case, Fortin cited Sections 159 and 604 of the Quebec Civil Code, which allow minors in some circumstances to initiate court proceedings relating to the exercise of parental authority. Section 159 is used in "extreme circumstances", such as cases of parental negligence.

Certainly the case is likely to be appealed; however, should it stand (and that is not entirely impossible in Canada - as the above photo insinuates) it will send a massive rippling effect directly south.

Can you imagine the catastrophe if, should your child disagree with your various decisions, they are eminently grievable in our courts?

This is sheer insanity.



Anonymous layla said...

I heard about this one. You are right. This is INSANITY!

Also, just in case you missed it, I wanted you to know I saw your comment about my blog and I thank you for the generous compliment.

You are too kind. Thank you.

Tue Jul 08, 06:39:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

One more reason that the lesser of two evils must win this time.

Tue Jul 08, 06:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

We have California, they have Quebec.

Tue Jul 08, 07:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

Surely there's a word more insane than INSANITY, because THAT word would describe it even better. careful. California's got good stuff, too (LIKE ME!) :0)

Tue Jul 08, 10:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Layla: I was only being truthful.

BWH: yeah, and I LIVE in Fornicalia.

All: can you imagine if this case is actually UPHELD?


Wed Jul 09, 08:36:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

f--k that! if that dumbass judge wants to set the rules for my kid, they will damn sure feed them and live with them too. I'd put that kid on her doorstep with her suitcase and a note saying "here you go, YOU raise her."

Wed Jul 09, 10:14:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Mark: PERFECT answer.


Wed Jul 09, 11:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

Yeah it's an old story but sick nonetheless and needs to be watched. It MUST be overturned.

Hope you are doing ok up there BZ....are you floating in the middle of the lake to keep cool?

Wed Jul 09, 12:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I heard about this case as well (Prager or one of the other talk radio programs) and it's the height of insanity. A parent not being allowed to discipline his own kid. The kid doesn't even have the sense to know she is fighting against her own best interest.

Wed Jul 09, 01:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Jenn: it's absolutely throat-scorching. Everyone's eyes are watering and red, throat scratchy, feels like you're living inside a house fire, BOTH in the Sacramento Valley where I work AND at home in the mountains. No one can escape it around here. Consider yourself lucky.


Thu Jul 10, 05:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger cary said...

What Mark said - if the judge is going to make the decision on the discipline, then the judge can raise the kid.

Maybe the father should then sue the judge for back support...

Thu Jul 10, 07:17:00 AM PDT  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

That really has the fur flying up here, or in Queerbec's case, the feathers. It, along with another one that just started up as a result, will be appealed all the way to the top....

Thu Jul 10, 05:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

BUT her father WOULD HAVE BEEN NEGLIGENT had he allowed her to go for crying out loud!!!! He was being a good father. Major insanity I must say.

Thu Jul 10, 06:59:00 PM PDT  

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