... should Ontario Want In?
Bear with me please. Although I am not a terribly political animal, as a citizen, I do attempt to stay aware and more or less in touch with goings on. And so, I make another feeble attempt to post about politics. But this is more of an exploratory and questioning post rather than a highly opinionated one. I'm not trying to offend anyone, but I have my questions.
We have heard quite a lot this election that "The West wants in." Now that an Albertan has won and is about to become prime minister, I have heard it expressed that "The West is in" — from his own lips, I believe.
The majority of Canadians who drop by Raindrops for the occasional visit seem to be Westerners; some are Albertans. For whatever reason, they outnumber Ontario visitors, and there is nobody east of Ontario who visits. And so, I have questions for you about that particular phrase, not necessarily pointed questions that I can articulate well but rather a general puzzlement about it all.
Does "getting in" have to do with electing a Westerner or Albertan? If so, how am I, an Ontarion, supposed to feel? The last PM from this province was ... hmm ... Lester B Pearson if I recall correctly. Is that a long time ago or what? Since then, two Westerners, Joe Clark and Kim Campbell, have assumed the PM's mantle — yes, I know that both runs were very extremely brief but nevertheless ... And now, another Westerner, assumes the leader's reigns. But nobody from Ontario. Frankly, I don't give a
*&^% fig, but it gives me pause.
Then, I consider the so-called fiscal imbalance. If any province pays more than Ontario's fair share to keep the good, old confederation rolling, it's news to me. But I don't hear many complaints. Sure, we feel that the scales have tilted rather much and should be adjusted, but we don't moan prodigiously over it like they seem to in the province to the east, for example: a province that I have always understood receives more than it contributes. But perhaps I am wrong.
Something else while I puzzle over these things: I am trying to think if we would expect the whole country to instantly hop on board if we divided the Liberal party, for example, into two schisms and managed to have the splinter group take over the original faction after ten years of bitter wrangling. I can't credit that I would feel miffed that those from other regions weren't clambering on board with great gusto.
The comment section is open for those who would like to contribute civilly towards my education in these matters. Thanks.