Now that Albertans are getting on pogey as the oil economy has collapsed, you'd think we'd at least be spared the lectures about how economically virtuous Albertans are compared to Maritimers.
The global importance of staple theory, Gerry Helleiner notes, constitutes a kind of Canadian "staple export" -- but of a better kind than we usually supply to the world.
Equalization is being eaten at and the philosophy at the base of the Conservative party is that this is encouraging government bloat and laziness at best, and that it's socialism at worst.
Our governments have become largely a sales force, trooping to Washington to beg the U.S. to buy our oil and build pipelines for it. Resources Minister Joe Oliver is the Willy Loman of this drama.
While Finance Minister Ken Krawetz characterized this week's provincial budget as an example of "balanced growth," perhaps the best metaphor to use would be "paradox of plenty."
Foreign aid could be a vehicle for Canada to establish its progressive bona fides. Instead what it establishes is our miserly commitment to poverty alleviation and the development of good governance.