Glaring problems remain unaddressed

Soon, noises of the next general election will be heard.

What will not be heard is anything about three glaring problems which make such a nonsense of ‘Canadian values’, ‘democracy,’ and other glutinous phrases coming out of Ottawa.

First, only the NDP/Green government in B.C. has even tried to address the mess of electoral reform.

Sadly, by making a simple question far too complicated, our referendum was lost, and electoral results will continue to be substantially un-representational.

Second, the donation system for party funding is simply a way for large donors to buy the policies that suit great wealth, and mocks the widespread public belief in democracy. Parties could be fully funded from the tax base at about $10 per taxpayer per year, free of this inherent corruption.

Third, the best-kept secret in politics is the 1975 abandonment of the immensely valuable 40-year practice of funding government debt from its own bank at nil interest.

It was quietly replaced without Parliamentary input by private debt-at-interest, creating serial deficits for 19 straight years and exploding federal debt more than 30 times over since 1975, and provincial debts pro rata, yet projected deficits prohibit meaningful repayments.

No end to this monetary mayhem is even contemplated by the three major parties which have endorsed it since Day One, although the Greens did produce a Petition to Parliament to re-introduce self-funding from our own bank.

It was promptly shot down.

Perhaps a hard look at debt-and-interest-free North Dakota next door – oh, and China, for Pete’s sake! — may melt the frozen minds.

Or should we just wait for 1929 all over again?

Russ Vinden

Errington

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