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Fixing the Federation Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 October 2005

Fixing the Federation

The federal system, like bad weather, is something almost everyone complains about, but does nothing to fix.

The federal system, like bad weather, is something almost everyone complains about, but does nothing to fix.

The difference is that bad weather gets better. A corrupt federalism just gets worse.

This is the hard truth of political liberty: use it or lose it.

As things now stand, we will just get more and more travesties like gay marriage, the unreformed Senate, the gun registry boondoggle, the sponsorship scandal, the Belinda Stronach affair, the illegal refusal of the Martin government to resign, and wasteful federal spending sprees like the one this spring to shore up a sagging government.

But worst of all is the floundering of the opposition Conservatives.

The floundering is not their fault. They are plainly in an impossible position. If they demand systemic change, they are rejected by most eastern voters as “angry,” “extremist” and “scary.” But if they won’t bring change, what on earth use are they?

All this proves that the Canadian federal system has not only broken down -- something most people knew a long time ago -- it proves that it can’t be fixed or reformed.

Not from within. Not from Ottawa.

Yet change it must. The question is -- how?

Reform is possible -- from Alberta

The Citizens Centre is putting together a strategy for Albertans, supported by other Canadians, to fix the federal system.

Through their provincial government, Albertans have the economic and constitutional power to force federal change. But they must be willing to <ital>use<ital> it, including if necessary negotiating new terms of union with Canada.

Some people would call this “separatism,” but it isn’t. Not if the goal is to fix the federation rather than break it up.

Interestingly enough, the question most people ask is not whether this should be done, but how.

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