THE FOURTEENTH COLONY
QUOTE: NO TRUST 'If we can't trust the politicians, police and media for reporting the truthful facts, what is next for Canada (comment: This letter to the editor omitted our courts of law which has reduced democratic Canada to nothing. RC) I realize politicians have been the least trustworthy of them all for as long as I can remember, but what happened to the media and now the police? I believe Canadians have now reached a point in Canada's long history that we can't trust anyone. It is sad.'
1) Ontario with a sub-debt unequalled in the western world is about the population of California which is admired by such as the right wing Fraser Institute as a comparable model of fiscal responsibility. Sure it looks good financially if one favours the liquidation of bankrupt towns with the dropping of pension rights and leading to mass lay-offs including policemen and firemen.
2) But where is the Fraser Institute in Canada where bonus payments to civil servants need never have been made in the first place? Nothing...or the deletion of the bilingual allowance now that it is obsolete? Again, nothing.
3) But wait, help is on the way with this article. Canada was formed as a quasi-federal union in 1867 (in defense of an aggressive North after the Civil War) with this difference; the residual powers would lie with the central government to avoid the American one where the residual powers lie with the individual states.
4) Canada opted for the federal union (as opposed to the British unitary Legislative model) for 4 main reasons: a) to accommodate expansion for undeclared western properties i.e. B.C. & the prairie provinces b) to accommodate communications with the telegraph just getting established c) to accommodate widely differing economic interests i.e. SK-wheat; B.C.-mining d) The indigenous peoples problem. The promise of a railroad was to tie all these interests together.
5) That is not the story of Canada today where the rural population has now been translated into an urban population with advanced technological inventions under the jurisdiction of the provinces. Canada needs a new charter which can be provided to her by becoming a U.S. state.
6) Granted that would lead to the election of judges but the appointment process in Canada is moribund as attested to by the employeescasecanada.ca But here is the key difference, judges, CEO's and governors who mess up in the U.S. go to jail. Canada, in contrast, has no effective oversight bodies. Voting Republican or Democrat could be no loss to Canadians if the above writer's views are of any account.
7) The big change comparable to California would be a state run by a Governor and his council which in Canada's case would be an elected Prime Minister with an elected Senate. Provinces would cease to exist although the interests of the people would be maintained by such as Senate appointments i.e the appointment for car city Windsor would be a technological person as opposed to a politician. Political parties (which don't exist in the Constitution) could still exist but 'on their own dime' and not that of taxpayers.
8) Revolutionary? Absolutely. Now all Canada and Canadians require is a catalyst...any suggestions?...hello? ...mad Roger?