Posts Tagged ‘entitlements’

Which Canada?

May 18th, 2020 1 comment


The opinions expressed in the linked article are prime examples of the illogical thought that has influenced and dominated Canadian foreign and domestic policy.  The underlying premise is that there are actually policies that benefit Canadians collectively.  While this makes sense in a chest beating nationalistic way, the reality is that Canadian policies have seldom been cohesive for the nation as a whole.

There have always been schisms among the dominant regions of Canada and as a result, national policies are formed less to benefit the nation as they are to benefit political constituents.  Ontario has often been at odds with Western Canada, especially Alberta,  while Quebec has always been at odds with everyone else.  In the background are the demands of the First Nations, whose claims, rights and entitlements are perpetually in dispute.

Any pretext of implementing trade policies that “benefit Canadians” should at minimum address who in Canada they actually purport to benefit.  I can think of many examples of regionalism versus nationalism but a recent National Post article illustrates this in the most comical yet painful way.  Irving Oil, is obliged to use the circuitous route presented in the map below in order to deliver their crude oil to their refineries on the east coast of Canada.

Not the direct, as the crow flies route across the country, but by tankers through different nations and two oceans, risking all kinds of catastrophe on the high seas in order to placate the environmental and economic interests of Ontario and Quebec who disallow any pipeline through their provinces.  Only virtue signalling nutters can think that this route of transport could be less harmful than to run a pipeline across the country by land.

That companies have to resort to these kinds of looney tunes machinations in order to survive is a repudiation of the notion that there is such a thing as cohesive national policies.

The balkanization of Canada into small yet powerful constituencies has made the nation a limping player on the world economic stage. And we’re not just talking about regional differences.  As we know, such examples of bizarre Government policies can result from the organized  vocal outcry of any well funded group, from environmentalists, feminists, language advocates, native groups and as we’ve seen recently, medical alarmists.  Canada has become a nation so seemingly obsessed with doing the right thing….that they don’t do anything! All kinds of commerce have ground to a halt if there is any chance of them offending the sensibilities of some vocal group over some populist issue, real or imagined.  The historic drivers of national wealth, resources, have been marginalized as economic engines even as domestic debt continues to increase.

The Canadian Pacific rail line, the very backbone of Canada’s birth, could not be built today if the discomfort of a few moose and beavers were considered insurmountable issues in the day.

Despite the entreaties of the article’s author, the United States will likely always be Canada’s largest and most influential trade partner, if for no other reason than because they are geographic neighbors just across the figurative fence. He can fantasize about trade relations with other nations, but to not continue to foster good trade relations with the US is as illogical as the shipping route taken by the Irving Oil Company.  It’s a nationalistic fantasy that cannot be supported in the real world.

Rather than engage in the self absorption which has pushed Canada into a state of economic stupor, the nation needs to encourage people of vision to forward the interests of the nation as a whole and not just to manage the plaintiff ephemeral bleats of the influential few. Canada desperately needs leaders to look into the future, not at their navels.


I Hate You And Wish You Were Dead!

June 12th, 2012 No comments

link Al Gore: Scott Walker is ‘extreme,’ divisive – Patrick Gavin –

One of the biggest hits of the TV season surrounds the blood feud between two bitterly opposing factions.  As it happens, “The Hatfields vs The McCoys” is a good guess, but the better answer is the political right vs the political left in the U.S..  There is no dramatization or fictional story more compelling than the political feud occurring now between an obviously divided American public, at least according to the popular media.

Increasingly, the rhetoric and animosity has escalated to levels of derangement as partisans of the left increasingly show just how nakedly unhinged they really are.  The recent landmark recall elections in Wisconsin will be seen years from now as a pivotal moment in American history.  Unable to convince others of their tenuous positions and claims through laughable maneuvers and tactics over the past 2 years, the union backed left lost a landslide vote over entitlements, not to Scott Walker and the right as has been characterized, but to the long suffering taxpayers.

Some may remember back in 2011, the novel tactic of Wisconsin lawmakers running off and hiding in the next state to avoid voting on a motion they were sure to lose.  This is the equivalent of a 3 year old covering their eyes in order to have a bad thing go bye-bye.  Some may recognize the technique of aggregating union support nationwide for their cause as the equivalent of “everyone else is doing it”.  Finally, we get to the aftermath of the recall vote where a woman actually slaps the losing contestant, Tom Barrett over conceding an obvious loss.  Given the recent stories of cannibalism in the news, Barrett is lucky she didn’t bite him.

Amusingly, the high cretin of hyperbole, Al-the-world-is-ending-Gore chimes in with his thoughts on the issue, as if he and the facts were intimate friends.   If the left is going to make a credible case for anything,  they’ll at least have to get new spokespeople for their causes.  They can’t have Bill Clinton preach about integrity; they can’t have Michael Moore babble about the oppressed, they can’t have Nancy Pelosi cry crocodile tears about poverty and they can’t have Al Gore speak about…well… anything.

In a time when the harsh wave of reality is sweeping all nation states worldwide with respect to untenable debts and related entitlements, there are still those who cling to fantasy world views of what they deserve.  Upon reflection, perhaps this is not so much deranged as it is infantile.   The name calling, the petulant behaviour, the faux demonstrations.  As the grown-ups always say, ‘it’s all fun until someone loses an eye’.