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Time for a hard line Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2005

‘Get in or get out’

If Ottawa refuses to reform, the Alberta government should take over federal tax collection

Reforming Canada turned out to be far more difficult than westerners anticipated in 1987. Indeed, it may in the end prove impossible. But even if it is, we must face reality. Even abundant resources do not save countries that are badly governed from becoming poor and repressive.Africa and South America are full of examples.

Unless the Reform Party’s three-point agenda (Senate, courts and spending limitations) is implemented somehow, how much longer will it be before Canada reaches the point where it’s not worth living in?

For the past half century, while our prime ministers have been amassing more unchecked power than any other chief executive in the free world, we have been steadily falling behind the rest of the developed world, especially our nearest and biggest trading partner.

  • Canadian incomes have been stalled for the past 16 years, falling far below those in the U.S..

  • Every year, thousands of our best and brightest relocate to the United States, as well as to Australia, New Zealand and other free and democratic countries. 

  • Despite sanctimonious posturing in Ottawa, our actual contributions to global security, environmental protection and foreign aid have almost vanished. 

  • Our government is becoming measurably more corrupt.

  • Our most basic civil rights – property, religion and free speech – are all being sacrificed to ever-changing notions of “equality” imposed by the federal courts. 

  • While Ottawa trespasses evermore into provincial areas of responsibility (social, cultural and economic development), it neglects its own duties like criminal justice and defence.

The Reform Party having failed, and Canada being a shared-sovereignty federation created by the provinces, it now falls to provincial governments to either fix our federal system or get out of it.

The heaviest responsibility in this regard falls on Alberta, which has the most to gain if present problems are solved, and the most to lose if they are not.

Instead of begging Ottawa to “let the West in,”Albertans should tell their legislature – and the sooner the better – to notify Ottawa that if all three points (Senate, courts and federal spending limitations) are not implemented within one year,Alberta will take whatever steps are necessary to defend its future.

It should do so in two stages.
 
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