What I can’t understand is why all these folks complain about Equalization and other benefits to being the Maritimes and demanding their fair share. Here is a comical version.
What are people like this guy saying? They want B.C. to become the Maritimes?
I’m nut much for fancy book learnin’ but it seems to me that all these folks clamouring for better EI (Daulton) a fair Equalization program (Daulton et. al), population-based representation in the Senate (all the West), more MPs, etc. don’t make any sense.
What good has it done the Maritimes to have nine times as many Senators as British Columbia? This guy’s panties are in a knot about it (can I say that in family friendly blog?) but it doesn’t seem to me that more Senators, more MPs per capita, more Equalization and more lucrative EI has been that much of a boon for the Maritimes. He even argues that there are more federal government workers in the Maritimes than in BC (per capita) – and he is correct.
But in the spirit of fair play, I would agree to a switch. BC can have the Senators, the Equalization, the EI, more MPs per capita, even the federal civil servants and we’ll take the massively higher average incomes, the significant foreign investment from Asia in the 1980s/1990s. The film and animation industry that has boomed in B.C. The hundreds of thousands of middle and upper class Asian immigrants that settled in B.C. and they can have more Senators and more Equalization.
Anyone in the Maritimes disagree with that?
Sometimes these arguments don’t even make sense to a poor dumb Maritimer like myself. Do British Columbians want to become a net exporter of people like New Brunswick? Do British Columbians want to have 30% of the private sector workforce seasonally employed? Do British Columbians want to drive through the poshest neighbourhoods in Vancouver only to find out that they are populated with primarily public sector workers? I’m not quite sure why they are so envious of us.
Go ahead and take it. Please.