CANADA IS BETTER OFF TOGETHER THAN IT IS APART
“Canada is better together than it is apart,” has been the mantra used by every federalist, to persuade the Canadian voter to ignore the failure of confederation, and vote no to provincial attempts to separate themselves from the rest of Canada.
Canada remaining together seems to require having a very expensive, corrupt, powerless elected federal government, as well as an equally corrupt, overly powerful and very expensive, unelected senate.
I think that the provinces, territories, and First Nations could all do better things with tax payer dollars to improve the everyday lives of their citizens, if they did not have to:
- waste millions of dollars each year fighting constitutional issues in the Supreme Court of Canada.
- prop up the economy of a province like Quebec, which declares itself to be an independent nation, both within Canada and internationally; maintain that where there is conflict between the Canadian and Quebec Charter of rights, that it is the Quebec Charter of Rights to be observed and followed.
At the very least, the provinces, territories, and First Nations would no longer have the federal government to blame when they fail to do the right thing for their citizens.
Federalists would have Canadians ignore the fact that the federal government has ceded the decision-making power to the provinces and territories when it comes to the things that matter the most, to most Canadians. Health care and education are examples of files,which that are important to most Canadians, that are not within the jurisdiction of the federal government. As it stands now the federal government has two real responsibilities:
- be the guardian and distributor of Canadian taxpayer dollars;
- ensure that Canadians are safe.
I would argue that the federal government does neither of the above very well. Logic dictates that if these two things are the only reason for federalism, then perhaps the separatists have a point, when they suggest that:
- federalism is too expensive, ineffective, and often leaves large numbers of its population unrepresented on the federal level;
- in today’s world the provinces and territories have little to fear of invasion from our neighbour to the south: making the threat that provided the basis for creating Canada in the first place, no longer relevant in keeping Canada together.
Canada’s confederation is failing because:
- Canada is made up of provinces and territories who joined confederation out of fear invasion, because they were bribed, or because they were given the right to opt out and be independent of Canada at any time, for any reason, if they could get a majority of their citizenry to vote for it in a referendum;
- federalist are afraid to open the Canadian Constitution and rewrite the rules of what it takes to remain a province or territory of Canada; making the push for separation from the rest of Canada, after resigning, acts of sedition and treason;
- Canada refuses to acknowledge that it has no intention of keeping any of the treaties that it has made with the aboriginals of this land. Especially the one that recognizes that each First Nation Tribe is an independent nation, sharing the same land mass as Canada and must be dealt with on a nation to nation basis, as agreed upon and recognised in international law dealing with the sovereignty of nations.
The federal government is full of corrupt politicians and officials, who seem to contribute very little to the well-being of the average Canadian. Both the unelected Senate and the elected government are infested with egotistical, corrupt, self-serving politicians.
It makes me angry that these politicians that get paid in some cases over three times the salary of the average Canadian, waste time engaging in asinine debates, like, how much the Prime Minister’s wife gets to spend on household staff.
Holding Canada together by refusing to open the Canadian Constitution has weakened the federal government. I would love to say that I am a Canadian, but I live in Quebec, and I am not quite sure I know what being a Canadian means anymore.
The only way to make Canadian federalism work is to risk the opening up of the Canadian Constitution, making it clear that all persons wishing to remain in Canada on a permanent basis and avail themselves of the many social services and electoral process must:
- become a Canadian citizen. No more distinct societies; no more First Nations; no more dual citizens, just Canadians;
- give up the right to opt out of Canada and decisions taken by the federal government;
- accept that by remaining in Canada they are acknowledging that it is an act of sedition and treason, to speak ever again of such things, or try to encourage others to break up this country either through political, or violent measures;
- accept that in all cases where there is a difference of opinion, between provincial and federal law, that it is the federal law that will be enforced until a court decision as to who is correct can be reached.
Canada? Canada is a cluster of provinces, territories and First nations, containing disgruntled citizens, seeking to abuse and milk the system. These people, through their elected provincial governments and tribal bands, try to take as much as they can from the federal government in terms of financing, while declaring their independence and right to self-determination.
Our neighbors to the south can debate race relations, immigration policy, or going to war, but at the end of the day, no matter how hotly contested the debate ends up being: from the very rich to the very poor, from the minority to the majority, no American will say, that they wish not to be an American, or that they wish their state would leave United States of America.
- There are no duo citizens. Anyone wishing to immigrate to the USA is required by law to renounce their allegiance and citizenship to their former country and swear their allegiance to the United States of America.
- There are no First Nations claiming not to be American, while demanding equality in American social programing, etc. They are also considered, Americans.
- There are no distinct society states in the USA. No American state could get away with the antics of Canada’s province of Quebec: squandering too much of its time and resources protecting a language that does not need protecting, and seeking independence from the rest of country; all the while complaining to its citizenry that it is the federal government’s fault that their citizenry have to pay such high taxes.
I would love to end my days and have my grandchildren live in a Canada, where:
- there are no duo citizens, no First Nations, and no more distinct societies;
- all the First Nations, territories, and provinces, are a part of Canada by choice;
- the country cannot be torn apart, by a disgruntled minority in any province;
- all of its citizenry is proud to be a Canadian citizen.
When this happens, I will agree, that Canada is better off together than it is apart.