In their January Budget, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government laid out its fiscal plan for dealing with the national economy's continued slow recovery.
While the Harper Tories should be lauded for continuing to lead the G20 towards the light at the end of the tunnel by moving into year two of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's Economic Action Plan, there are some troubling issues with their methods.
The entire concept of using the 'dig your way out of a hole' concept to battle the global economic meltdown - Western governments agreeing, conservatives and liberals alike, to spend our way out of debt - feels like a situation where short term gain will be paid with a huge, perhaps insurmountable period of long term pain.
As a raving fiscal conservative, I abhor any government that creates huge debt and deficits, particularly one that sells itself as rightwing. However, the Harper government has began to take steps in the right direction, looking to trim wasteful spending put into such black holes as our national long-gun registry.
But there are other, more radical - and in my mind, common sense - cuts that could and should be made in the interest of getting our economy back into good health. Of course, some of these suggestions may not be popular. Some may actually make some heads explode…
1) Privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
2) End the Flawed Multiculturalism Policy.
Cultures are not created by bureaucrats, politicians, or governments. Create a new system that puts patriotism and allegiance to Canada first and foremost. End hyphenated Canadians.