The Province of Manitoba, stuck with Canada’s most expensive health-care system, deserves credit for at least beginning to look outward for new ideas.
Self-styled “progressives” in the West are wont to proclaim their concern for the “Third World.” Of course they blame Western economic interests for the unhappy state of affairs in developing countries.
In 1984, nearly 40% of the average New Zealand sheep and beef farmer’s gross income came from government subsidies. A year later, almost all of these subsidies were removed. New Zealand farmers were on their own, and remain so today in 2001.
A Consistent Population Drain: Except for 1983, Manitoba experienced population loss each year during the period 1961 to 2001.
The 62-cent Canadian Peso means that Florida vacations have become an impossible luxury for most Canadians. More importantly, high levels of taxes and government spending are constantly compromising the real values of our homes, investments and pensions – policies that drive the loonie even lower. The idea of adopting the U.S. dollar might bring a glimmer of hope to some.
This is a completely different working place today compared with seven years ago. Today we stand on our own.
What can we do about the perpetual crises that afflict grain and oilseed farmers? Prices are low and the competitive pressure from low-cost foreign producers is growing.