Father and his dead son are a campaign

Tim Mulcahy (pictured with son Tyler), the Toronto businessman whose son and two friends died in a drunk driving crash in central Ontario issued a statement today, saying he’s not suing the golf course that served his son and friends a boatload of alcohol. He also seems to want to distance himself from what Cancrime has called the ‘show prosecution’ of the club [previous post].

I have not personally taken any action against the Lake Joseph Club, and have had no dialogue with the OPP or AGCO, with the exception of being informed of Tyler’s death several hours after it occurred by a Bracebridge OPP officer.

Mulcahy may be feeling the heat. There may be whispers that the golf club was charged with liquor law violations only because of a grieving father’s vociferous public campaign. Mulcahy, a successful businessman and sales guru, went on a PR blitz that included full-page newspaper ads in Toronto papers addressed to Premier Dalton McGuinty. He humiliated the Ontario government, making the Liberals look feeble when it comes to licensing young drivers and enforcing liquor laws. Many of those laws are rarely enforced to full effect, so there’s reason for cynicism about this crackdown. It will be interesting to see if there are more prosecutions in Ontario of booze servers in the wake of fatal crashes – or only in cases where there are vocal families with the means to fund ad campaigns.

Because someone has to say it: It seems a bit strange that on Tim Mulcahy’s blog about his campaign for tougher laws governing young drivers and alcohol, he has included links to three business ventures.

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