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FF_Canuck





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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed. Both the West and Quebec want more control, but we differ greatly on what we want to do with it. The key to keeping everyone happy is decentralization.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FF_Canuck wrote:
Agreed. Both the West and Quebec want more control, but we differ greatly on what we want to do with it. The key to keeping everyone happy is decentralization.


Absolutely- This is what all us Reform-day conservatives are wating for. If Harper can't deliver it, then we'll see the base erode into another reform party.

Because of his past, I'm not overly concerned - I think we're currently witnessing the effect of a minority government that has him by the b*%&s ;)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The question remains: which past?

The Harper past when he was a leading Reform Party academic/aide/MP for Calgary?

Or, the Harper past when he was a Young PC member in Toronto?

The fact of the matter is that the institutional incentive to ignore the West remains: 181 seats in Ontario/Quebec (where Quebec-bias is favoured) versus 92 seats in the West. Electoral arithmetic says....renewal of Western regionalist party.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

obviously the most recent adult-hood past, where he said many controversial things that mad him popular with us and not the NDP ;)

but you bring up a good point - time to investigate the inadequacies in Elections Canada- Equal representation for AB/BC compared to Quebec..
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Decentralization and power to the provinces is an inevitable. You can't fight demographics and economics for ever. I'll wait it out though this time... no need to speed things up in another experiment with a Reform Party reincarnation. All that leads to is years of Liberal rule.

And it is not just Alberta and Quebec that are wanting more power for the provinces. As British Columbian, I would like to have more control over thing like our fisheries (having one federal minister for both the Atlantic and Pacific is a joke) and our forests (we could have solved the Softwood Lumber dispute years ago).
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