Is Canada dead?
I have been fascinated over the past few weeks by the quantity and quality of debate over Canada's future... if it has a future.
Captain's Quarters, a Minnesota-based Web site, has earned international acclaim (and justifiably so), for its work on the Adscam scandal that is threatening to (A) topple the current Liberal Party [read: Liberal Organized Crime Family] government of Godfather Paul Martin; and (B) drive Quebec into another attempt at separation from the Canadian federation.
And there are certainly enough sites north of the border (Angry in the Great White North and Small Dead Animals are just two of many; watch for Crittermusings, an up-and-coming site) hosting the debate over what happens next to our northern neighbor.
It seems that there is a sizable common ground between the Quebecers who are furious as hell at the LOCF and the Westerners who share that fury, even though it would appear that there are too many barriers to real cooperation. The common goal: less Ottawa in their lives.
Yeah, I know that the Bloc Quebecois and the Conservative Party would get absolutely hammered by the LOCF and their whorish all-but-Communist allies in the New Democratic Party (NDP) if their leaders ever so much as discussed their commonalities. And, in many other respects, the BQ and the Conservatives diverge on their views of the government's role in people's lives.
But they do share the goal of giving the provinces more control of their own destinies, their own programs, etc. Ottawa, therefore, is THE ENEMY.
It's probably even not so much Ottawa and the LOCF running it now as it is the unelected -- and by definition unaccountable -- bureaucracy, the Mandarins, who are the real targets of their ire.
Reading the posts, I've come to the conclusion that Canada CAN be saved/revived. But it's going to take two things to happen to make that conclusion a reality.
(1) The Liberal Organized Crime Family must be defeated in the election, whenever it takes place. It must be defeated resoundingly.
(2) The Conservatives and the Bloc must work together on dismantling of the Mandarinate set up by the far-from-sainted Pierre Trudeau. They must collaborate on providing more powers to the provinces at the expense of that Mandarinate. As a corollary, they must reduce the Federal tax take. A plan to phase out the GST would be marvelous. There are two truths to bureaucracies: (a) The first goal is preservation and expansion of the bureaucratic power; and (b) whenever money is appropriated, the bureaucracy always gets its cut first. [That's sort of like a business infiltrated by the Mafia.] Whacking the bureaucracy means that more money will get to where it's supposed to go.
The provinces, just as the individual states can be here in the US of A, can become laboratories for democracy. Ideas can be tested. And, if an idea works in one province, it can become a model for a national reform or for reforms in the other provinces. The US welfare reform of about a decade ago has been a success; it is largely a compendium of the best ideas found at the state levels. If, say, Mr. Klein in Alberta thinks he can deliver more timely health care with public-private partnerships without breaking the bank, then, by Jove, let him try. If it works, you've got a model on which to develop a better plan.
The philosophical base for this observation comes from an oft-reviled source (at least, in Canada) -- the Roman Catholic Church.
The principle of "subsidiarity" has been an integral part of Church teachings for more than a century. It holds that no government agency should do a job if a private agency is capable of doing it. And it holds that the national government should not be involved if a local government or provincial government is capable of doing it. It makes sense -- the fewer bureaucratic hands through which money passes, the more money that can be applied to actually doing the job.
So, Canada, yes, you can. But you gotta get rid of the Fiberals to do it.