The average per capita income in Mississippi, the poorest U.S. State, is now higher than in Canada’s richest province.
Most people agree that healthcare and education should be universally funded and accessible. But wouldn’t things be more interesting if there was a choice between a consumer-controlled model and the traditional producer-controlled model?
The book predicts that governments will eventually be controlled by their customers, citizens who pay for and use their services. Thus we will see innovative policies to reduce operating costs – but for real this time. In a world of dwindling revenues, we will, of necessity, see high-performance government.
The Minister of Education will pump another $17 million into the Province’s spending on public schools. Her decision is curious, given the fact that their performance continues its long, slow slide.
Last week brought new evidence of accelerating change in the telecommunications industry. Bell Canada announced it would pay a premium price for 20% of Manitoba Telecom Services. As part of the deal the two companies will form a venture, two-thirds owned by MTS, to provide business services in Alberta and British Columbia.
Why liquor retailing is not a core business of government..
Ten years ago, this island’s population of 3.6 million suffered 18% unemployment. Its economy was based mainly on farming and natural resources. Talented folks did what generations before them had done to get ahead – leave, just as many of our own have done on the Prairies.