So back in October of 2010, I sent out a call to action, via my blog and an email campaign to friends and family, to help bring random breath testing to Canada.
I also sent an email to my local Member of Parliament (MP), Mike Allen. Sort of surprisingly, I had a really great conversation with him about the merits and importance of not only random breath testing but about the flaws in Canada’s impaired driving laws. At the end of the day, I felt heard and understood, and most importantly, I felt his compassion and interest in helping my family with our cause.
In March 2011, I received this response from his office: Correspondence from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. It was obviously written by one of his staffers given that the email address in the reply was the “Ministerial Correspondence Unit”. Wow – the “unit” wrote me back! Seriously? Although I was glad to receive a response and appreciated that “someone” took the time and effort to write it, I gotta say, it left me feeling ignored and discounted. I thought the author could have at least pretended to send the email from Minister Nicholson?
That being said, perhaps the lack of authenticity was also due in part to the fact that it took his “Ministerial Correspondence Unit” nearly 5 MONTHS to toss together those 9 paragraphs/575 words! I don’t know…call me crazy but I was left unsatisfied with our communiqué.
Adding salt to my wounded ego, the “Unit” felt compelled to tell me all the “amazing things” the Justice Department has done to have real impact on impaired driving in our country. Hmmmm…having just buried a loved one in 2009, knowing that the impaired driving statistics in Canada are only going up (not down), and having just gone through the justice system, I felt it was my obligation…my responsibility….nay, my DUTY to write the “unit” and Mr. Nicholson about the reality of the situation.
Check out my lengthy reply: RE Correspondence from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Hmmmm…I wonder if it’ll be another 5 months before the “unit” can manage their next reply. I wait with bated breath…