Ontario to get first 'have-not' handout next year
Province will receive $347-million
In my opinion this pretty much insures that Canada's confederation as we know it is totally defunct.
First lets deal with Newfoundland. Danny Williams wants to keep all the offshore oil and gas revenue offshore Newfoundland. And then he doesn't want it counted as income for the province. Then (not counting the billions of offshore revenue) he can continue to claim his province is "have not" and continue to claim transfer payments.
For the sake of argument lets say Danny succeeds with that.
That means that 3 western provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia) with a combined population of about 7.8 million have to support 7 provinces and 3 territories( I think) with a combined population of about 23.9 million or so.
So 24% of the population are having to subsidize 76% of the population.
As to sharing of Federal seats the three western provinces have a grand total of 78 seats out of 308 or so.
That's around 24% of the total number of seats.
So 24% of the population only gets 1/4 of the political power and yet funds the entire country.
Now I just don't see that working out in the long haul.
I think the entire working populations of BC, Sask and Alberta should form a massive union and go on strike.
Say triple the pay for everyone right across the board.
Never work of course and so we basically shut down the all the industries in the West with our strike.
Then we can all go on welfare or pogy; there are no "have and have not provinces" and we are all equal.
Brothers so to speak.
The Feds can just print more money and we all will be equal and harmonious.
Or perhaps not.
Realistically speaking I favour much more decentralization in Canada.
Something like the Swiss Canton system.
Keep the Federal Government out of our pockets and bedrooms.
Let local politicians call the shots.
When their kids have to go to school with your kids they are much more likely to make responsible decisions.
And the ones that make responsible decisions are the ones that should hold the purse strings.
Forget about trying to stick people who live 5,000km away from you with your civic infrastructure costs.
I am not suggesting we scrap Canadas social safety net.
But surely we need to revist how this country functions.