Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Atlantic Canadian Amalgamation: One United Province?

(Also posted on The Canadian Sentinel)

Should the Atlantic provinces of Canada amalgamate someday into one single province?

Why or why not? I'd like to know what people think of this concept.

I believe it would help the region become self-sufficient and prosperous.

It doesn't make sense to have so many separate provincial administrations for such a relatively small geographical area with such a relatively small population. Excessive bureaucracy, red tape and so many unnecessarily wasted tax dollars are clearly serious hindrances to Atlantic growth and prosperity. The reasonable person would have a difficult time arguing the opposite.

The potential advantages are plentiful, I believe. I don't see any disadvantages stemming from amalgamation which would change my mind as to the logic and benefits of such an undertaking. Besides, coming together can be more easily sold to the people than can separation. After all, the Canadian Confederation amalgamated provinces under one federal umbrella. The difference here would be to maintain one level of government rather than add another level. We just don't need so many competing, separate provincial governments on the same level which only serve to slow and weigh down a region already excessively awash in government and bureaucracy, losing billions of dollars a year just to keep some people sitting at desks clicking mice... when the money could instead be circulating freely throughout the Atlantic ecomony via the people and businesses and being used to develop and maintain critical infrastructure and basic services.

That is the way to growth and prosperity. We must look boldly to the future, not try to live in the past. We must be visionary, not revisionist.

We cannot just hope Ottawa will be our savior. That never happened anyway. We must now look into the mirror and ask ourselves the hard questions and proceed to have serious discussions about the future of the Atlantic Coast.

The comments are, as always, open. Come on, let's get talking!

6 Comments:

At Wed Mar 08, 09:19:00 AM MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

It actually may be quite advantageous for the provinces to amalgamate, but there is also the issue of equal representation. With PEI currently getting more reps per capita than anywhere else, they may be a harder sell.

But the idea is certainly worth tossing out there for feedback.

 
At Wed Mar 08, 04:30:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Equal rep is, I think, a tad more complicated than that. We're talking about a single province whereas there used to be (is now) a few.

Besides, if the Maritimes don't adapt, and Canada doesn't adapt to changed and changing realities, well... that wouldn't be positive.

I realize this probably won't be a really popular thing to discuss right now, but I figure, hey, why not? Can't hurt to start a discussion...

Sigh... this'll probably get a bunch of comments pro and con and then quickly dissipate, like a fart or something... this happens sometimes...

Besides, there's nothing to fear but fear itself... and perhaps green-haired moonbats.

 
At Thu Mar 09, 06:15:00 PM MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Hmmm ... may be a bit of a battle. A lot of different attitudes between provinces...

 
At Sat Mar 11, 09:04:00 PM MST, Blogger Sajni said...

After reading your blog, I am guessing you never lived on the east coast.

NB is 40% French, and the only bi-lingual province. To work for the NB gov't you usually need to be bi-lingual. There would be no rectifying this problem under an amalgamation proposal. If an English only gov't were proposed, it could cause an outright revolt in NB. Many folks in NB are bi-lingual, but few people from the other provinces are. As such, most gov't jobs would go to people in NB. And I highly doubt that the other 3 provinces would agree to that.

NS and PEI could amalgamate. Many of their services are joined anyway. They share the same area code/telephone company, many medical services, etc...

Nfld has a VERY unique culture and their own way of doing things. Physically, they are quite distant and socially isolated. Even their food is different. Have you ever been served Fish and Brews in any other province? Their political, social and finacial issues and resolutions are often different from the other Atlantic provinces. For example, they have seal hunting. No other provine has it, wants it or understands the ramifications of it. Many of the other Atlantic Cdns are deeply opposed to it. This could cause some serious debates.

It was a nice theory...until you actually think about it.

 
At Sun Mar 12, 03:37:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Sajni...

I've been living in New Brunswick since 1978.

This blog here is Aizlynne's. I'm a guest blogger here. My blog is

http://thecanadiansentinel.blogspot.com

 
At Sun Mar 12, 03:44:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

...and I'm the one who posted the amalgamation thing, both here and on The Canadian Sentinel.

No problem about the confusion. Everyone gets the bloggers mixed up when one blogsite has more than one poster. Happens all the time, eh?

Understand your points re the Maritime provinces' diversity. On the other hand, both Quebec and Ontario do have diversity within their own regions, yet they make having one prov. gov't. work.

Maybe interregional diversity wouldn't be all that much of an obstacle to amalgamation?

Just musing openly. Can't hurt to muse... not that I'm going to start an amalgam. movement, myself... after all, there are enough serious things to deal with already, particularly wrt the entire Confederation, right?

 

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