I always thought those David Suzuki ads for the Ontario government were creepy. Hanging out with little kids and encouraging them to snitch on the environmental practices of their parents, or popping up in your basement uninvited to chastise you about the beer fridge just doesn’t seem right.

Unfortunately, as Lorrie Goldstein notes in today’s column (ht: Blue Like You), this is not just cute advertising, but the template for government intrusion into our lives.

For months, Ontarians have been subjected to patronizing, tiresome television commercials — paid for with their taxes — featuring Suzuki lecturing clueless citizens (apparently the government’s view) on conservation.

Suzuki has been shown doing everything from conspiring with children in a tree house on how to correct the energy-wasting habits of their parents, to showing up in the basement of some guy with the mental acuity of Homer Simpson, delighted to learn how much more beer he can buy with the energy savings from getting rid of his old beer fridge.

Adams zeroes in on one ad called “Habitat” — see it at powerwise.ca/features/videos — in which Suzuki sneaks into someone’s home and caulks the windows — dripping the stuff on the floor — while describing the sleeping homeowner as an energy-wasting species known as the “common draft dodger.” Awakened by Suzuki, the groggy homeowner emerges from his bedroom and the two stare vacantly at each other, before Suzuki takes off, stopping briefly on the guy’s lawn to deliver more advice, whereupon the homeowner appears at the door and Suzuki scoots away.

Adams points out the problem with this ad — apparently the government’s idea of humour — is that the joke is on us.

That’s because in the original version of McGuinty’s Green Energy Act — applauded by the Suzuki Foundation and other environmental groups as “world class” — Suzuki, or anyone designated by a government bureaucrat, could, in fact, under the “Inspection, Enforcement and Penalties” section of the law, conduct surprise search and seizure raids on anyone’s home or business.

 

It is quite disturbing that groups such as the World Wildlife Fund are so willing to surrender our freedoms in order to impose their views on an unsuspecting public. (Keep in mind, whenever you purchase a plastic bag at Loblaws, you are funding this attack on your rights).  Thanks Tom for keeping this issue in the public eye.

More Suzuki creepiness here.

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