Monthly Archives: April 2011

We’re a nation of takers, not makers

What do Canadians do for a living? Surely by now the world knows we’re not all lumberjacks. We’re factory workers and store owners and software engineers and advertising executives. Oh, and public servants. Lots and lots of them. In fact Statistics Canada says more than 3.5 million of us work for government, more than any other significant category. It seems we’ve turned into a land of hewers of memos and drawers of regulations.

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Giant vote-buying machine

There’s something important Michael Ignatieff doesn’t know about public spending in Canada. Whoa, you cry, there’s a well with no bottom! But here’s what I want to pull up and splash around right now: He doesn’t know Canada’s government is a nearly perfect vote buying machine.

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Canada deserves better

Enjoying the election yet? Don’t worry. There’s more where that came from. But while we can’t make them go away, we can’t make them smarter and we can’t make them quieter, we can take back the conversation if we want.

That’s why I’m glad to be joining Sun Media especially in the middle of this offensive electoral hoohah. I’m convinced Canada can do better. It wouldn’t even be that weird.

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