Argus Posted June 4, 2016 Report Share Posted June 4, 2016 There is an old joke about an American seeing a big house on a hill and vowing that he will work hard so that he too will someday have a house like that. Then a Canadian sees it, and shakes his fist up towards it, while demanding the government tax the guy more so he can't build a better house than he has. Canada is a land of mediocrity. It is a country whose federal government is led by a man of no accomplishment, vision or particular talent, a government whose most important duty seems to be taking money from the successful in order to reward the unsuccessful. Ask a Canadian what they think is important about the federal government and they'll bring up one form of government subsidy or other, be it pogey, child care or pensions. And the last time any sizable number of Canadians decided to protest was when a bunch of welfare farmers came to Ottawa to protest a threat to their big dairy subsidies and protections. We have a collection of even more mediocre provincial governments, which mostly can't balance a budget, some of which seem headed inexorably towards bankruptcy. They build roads which crack and break up within a year or two, and bridges which sometimes collapse before they're used, and support one of the most expensive public health care system in the world – which has some of the longest wait times in the world. They spit out red tape by the mile to enshroud anyone in the private sector who tries to build a business or create jobs. They have the most expensive teachers in the world, whose mediocrity has to be protected by tenure lest the incompetents lose their jobs for the poor results of their efforts. Don't pay any attention to those continually backsliding test results. Just watch the CBC, another incredibly mediocre Canadian institution, and be content. Our municipal governments are incredibly expensive, but often have a lot of problems with basic tasks like garbage collection, snow clearing and sewage. They have the world's most expensive police, with much longer response times than in most western jurisdictions, and the world's most expensive firefighters, with longer response times than in most western jurisdictions. Their idiot councils usually care far more about bicycle paths and arts courts than roads and bridges. And in the private sector we mostly have branch plants of world corporations, and some Canadian companies which only survive because of government subsidies and protection from outside competition. Where would the telcos and cable companies be if there were unrestricted competition? Where would Bombardier or the banks be? Not around any more, most likely. And who would miss them? So how did Canada become so mediocre, and led by such mediocre people and institutions, and how can we possibly change it short of Donald Trump taking up residence at 24 Sussex? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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