De-Regulate The Maritimes
Dave Killion — January 6, 2013
” ‘Jurisdictional integrity’ really means the power of the status quo elites. Despite union having a long list of real benefits (for example, it is estimated that health care would cost 40% less) and being fully supported by the federal government we watch the powers-that-be quickly dismiss the whole idea. No debate, discussion, or study. Just a passing comment that it is all a ‘fantasy’ and, so please, let’s forget all about it. But Maritime Union existed in the past and could again (if the benefits are proven) if we had proper leadership, leadership that has a vision of what this region could be. Instead, as we get closer to the ‘tipping-point’ of depopulation and failed-state status, our leaders concern themselves with maintaining ‘jurisdictional integrity’. We maintain that union of some form should be seriously considered and yet the people and business have to stand by as our leaders dismiss it out of hand.”
Galt protect us all from ‘proper leadership’ with ‘a vision’! It appears the pro-Maritime Union crowd is very much like Victoria’s pro-municipal amalgamation crowd, in that they believe the problems that have arisen thanks to top-down, centrally planned governance can only be resolved by an even more powerful form of top-down, centrally planned governance (I have dismissed these arguments here, here, here, and here). In my view, unifying the Maritimes is much like imposing right-to-work legislation, or providing state-licensing of gay marriage – possibly an improvement in the status quo, but certainly not something libertarians should be expending resources on promoting.
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