The province will still force other residents to abide by the helmet requirement.
In a dubious move, the Alberta government has decided that the requirement to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle will no longer apply to Sikh residents.
As reported by CTV, “Effective April 12, 2018, Sikhs over the age of 18 will be permitted to operate or be a passenger on a motorcycle without a helmet in Alberta. The exemption follows similar amendments to traffic safety acts in British Columbia and Manitoba. “The Sikh community has urged us to grant this exemption in recognition of its civil rights and religious expression,” said Brian Mason, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation in a statement. “Our government is committed to these principles.”‘
Meanwhile, the rules will still apply to everyone else.
This is obviously a blatant double standard, and goes against the idea that all citizens should be granted the same rights as everyone else.
Personally, I would have no problem with this exemption – if it also applied to everyone else in Alberta. The reasons given by members of the Sikh community for opposing the mandatory helmet rules are actually pretty reasonable, and they shouldn’t be forced to wear it. But neither should anybody else.
Either everyone should be required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, or nobody should be required to. Having a double-standard for some is outrageous.
It’s totally unacceptable that the rules are being applied to some people, but not others.
If we are all supposed to be equal citizens, then we should all be treated the same in the eyes of the law and the government. Anything less makes a mockery of what Canada is supposed to stand for.
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