The trouble with confederation

Jeffrey Simpson’s argument that Queens Park is the most important government in the country these days makes me a little sad. Not because I don’t think the Ontario government is competent, but the federal government and the other provinces are, to put it kindly, not being helpful.

One of the weaknesses in Canadian confederation is out-sized power and undersized capacity of the smaller provinces to govern. The small provinces don’t have the capacity to provide services without federal (read: Ontario and Alberta) help, but the big provinces don’t get the support they need from the nation to create wealth in a global economy.


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