Earlier this month the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) announced that they would be cancelling their long running program that allowed free entry to disabled people.
The CNE stated they were doing this so that everyone would be treated equally. Normally, treating people equally is one of the goals we strive for as a society, however, the overzealous politically correct in our society weren’t happy.
After much public criticism, and shaming, the CNE reversed its decision.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a cold hearted hater of disabled people, but let’s looks at this reasonably, and without emotion.
Your entry fee to the CNE allows you entry to the CNE, that’s it. You don’t get anything else with that fee. If you want food, you have to buy it. If you want to go on rides, you have to pay for it. If you want to play games, you also have to pay for it.
So the entry fee allows both an able bodied person, and a disabled person to have the same experience, for the same price.
Sounds fair to me!
Why is it that a disabled person can attend the CNE for free, but I can’t?
If the CNE operated similarly to Canada’s Wonderland, where your entry fee allows you unlimited access to the rides, I would agree that a substantial discount would be in order, but that’s not the case at the CNE.
One argument being used to continue the free entry program is that disabled people are on a fixed or low income, and can’t afford it. I guess broad generalizations are OK when it comes to getting special treatment.
Not all disabled people are on low or fixed incomes.
You know who is? Able bodied poor people.
Does this mean the program should be expanded to everyone who is a low income earner? What about students, they don’t make a lot of money?
I guess the call for equality really means, “I want to be treated equally, unless equality means you’re going to take something away from me.”
If we really want to have a society in which people are treated equally, and fairly, then we must be prepared to take emotion out of our decision making.