Little joke about referenda and fluoridation from Canadian senator, Sharon Carstairs:
“Professor McEvoy, your discussion of the referendum in Ireland caused me a memory flashback of trying to accomplish the fluoridation of water in Calgary. We had five referenda; we lost them all. We went into all of them thinking that we would win, but in the last few days of the civic election campaign, there would always be a massive leaflet drop into every home talking about how rats died of fluoride. Everybody would go to the polls the next day and vote against it. Apparently, it finally passed; it must be because I left Calgary.”
Har har. Six times a charm! But it means forced medication for those who do not want it – even if the referendum was eventually won by a majority.
If fluoridation is just about tooth decay, why not have referenda on all issues ? Because it’s not about tooth decay.