Posts from the 'Constitutional Reform' Category

Connecting With Our Roots

If you were to blurt out something like “No taxation without representation” in Canada, you could well get tagged as too American and shoved out of the public discussion. But hang on for seven centuries. We have a right to that slogan, too. I’m not even impressed with the claim that being like Americans is […]

What We Might Look Like

Canada is huge the second largest country in the world. It is also one of the least densely populated countries in the world. (If Canada was as densely populated as Germany or the U.K. both of which have lots of woods, mountains, moors and other open spaces she would have 2.2 or 2.3 Billion people […]

Letter to Messrs. Harris and Manning

I have just finished reading your A Canada Strong & Free series. It’s terrific! It ought to be required reading in every secondary school in the country. There is only one area in which you might want to think about modifying your position. Many studies (the Spicer Commission is a notable one) reveal that there […]

What, No Provinces!?

Imagine A Canada Without Provincial Governments At the top of the wish list of any Canadian government would have to be that all the rabidly quarrelsome, obstructionist, robber-baron provincial governments could somehow be made to magically disappear overnight. And the majority of the people of Canada have, for years, been clearly stating they are Canadians […]

Two’s Company

B: Two’s Company, Three (Or More) Is A Crowd. Adapted from the Original in the Toronto Star March 25, 1994 The first thing a new constitution will have to do is redesign the territorial jurisdictions in Canada. Now, it may be that a Citizens’ Assembly would conclude that the current territorial jurisdictions (provinces, territories, counties, […]

Who’s In Charge Here?

STRUCTURE OF GOVERNANCE IN CANADA (REDESIGNING) [“Trust the people. Leave them alone.” (Attributed to Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching, c. 300 BCE)] A. Who’s In Charge Here? Two conditions describe a free people: 1. Free people have the power to control what their governments do. 2. Free people have the power to control […]