COLUMN: Agar – Top 10 ways to improve Canada

- July 3rd, 2012

Making Canada even better

by Jerry Agar

Canada Day was as good a day as any to think about how to make a great nation better.

So I thought about it. And who doesn’t love a debatable top 10 list?

1. Health care reform. We score badly against European nations, wait times are still too high and people needing out-of-country intervention are told OHIP won’t pay. (Need I mention eHealth and Ornge?)

2. Soft on crime. Murderers given lengthy sentences are let out early. Many are never given close to the maximum and the focus seems to be on rehabilitation rather than keeping the worst of the worst away from the innocent. If you don’t believe me, just look up Michele Mandel’s recent columns in the Sun.

3. Veto vote to mayors. It is the only elected position in Canada voted on by the entire affected electorate. The ability to veto votes by council that were passed with less than a super-majority would stop things like the knee-jerk outlawing of plastic bags and force council to work more as a unit for the public good.

4. Religious bigotry. Telling people of faith that their views are unwelcome in government, while the views of those with no religion are welcome, is no way to run a caring country, especially one purporting to value freedom of religion.

5. Human rights commissions. There is no right not to be offended and Canada acting as if there is, represents an assault on an actual right; free speech. Free speech is not, as one commission investigator said, “an American concept.” It is in the Charter. Look it up.

6. Addiction to green. With Premier Dalton McGuinty’s billion-dollar gifts to favoured businesses in the green sector costing Ontarians dearly and Toronto Council’s war on the plastic bag, junk science prevails.

7. Unions. Hey, OFL leader Sid Ryan, been to Wisconsin lately? Once the union lost its ability to force membership, the largest single Wisconsin public union lost more than half its members and the local American Federation of Teachers lost a third. Higher than market wages, sweetheart pensions, bloated bureaucracies and ugly strikes have gotten old, and the Canadian public is ready for a whole new contract with organized labour.

8. Government monopolies. Monopolies are illegal in the private sector for a reason. They are injurious to the public good. So why do we insist on letting government run monopolies for two of the most important areas of life; education and health care? Arguments that government “cares” more and it is cheaper without the profit motive never withstand scrutiny. And by the way, you are getting ripped off at the LCBO as well.

9. School choice. Fund it publicly and have the money follow the child. Except for elite private schools, private is on average cheaper and does as well or better. Choice is respectful and fair. Do we want to be that kind of nation, or is dictatorial, central planning really the Canadian way? (See #7; Even union people like choice.)

10. Economics in school. So people know when they are being lied to. For example, being told arts funding multiplies into magic money, a lie told by reporting the benefit side of the ledger while ignoring the cost side. (Critics of this point studied art, not economics.)

— Agar is the 9 a.m. to noon host on Newstalk 1010

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5 comments

  1. Ben Dover says:

    #9 School Choice. Your solution discriminates against people who do not have children.

  2. Del Belaire says:

    Ben, did you not go to school?

  3. Personal Responsibility Is Freedom says:

    The greatest gain for Canadian society would be a total overhaul of the current firearms regime.

    The fundamental essence to this reform would be instituting something to the effect of the USA second amendment, but it would also include the explicit prohibition of any form of registration scheme by any level of government or authority. An armed honest citizenry is a freer and safer citizenry. The dishonest citizenry will always have access to firearms regardless: the best protect the honest people can have is for themselves to be armed.

    In addition to the this the entire Firearms Act, associated Regulations, and any applicable criminal code sections, need to be repealed in their entirety without exception; in the place of these former regulations would be new legislation based on rationality, logic, liberty, justice, and genuine security.

    A prohibited list of people that state does not wish to permit the sale of firearms and ammunition would be key, and would replace the present licencing system. When a person goes to purchase guns and/or ammunition their name is ran against the list: no hit, then good to go. There would need to be additional information in the system to provide differentiation between multiples of the same name, clearly. The system would have to be created in such a way that the hits are completely anonymous: the authorities are no to know any of the information submitted for the check. The system is not in place for the benefits of Big Brother but rather for the benefit of the dealers and society.

    As previously outlined, there would be absolutely no registration of any form ever. The only purpose it serves is confiscation, and as such these endeavours would clearly be in violation of the security gained for a nation by a citizenry armed by right. In the event a person is put on the prohibited list, then there would be every effort made by the authorities to confiscate any known/discovered firearms of the person: from then on any firearm the person is found with puts them in violation of the law.

    The classification of non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited firearms would end. There would only be firearms. The prohibited category would become legally available to all again. The restrictions of ammunition would be removed: the honest citizenry is not the problem, and the dishonest members would be relying on the black market for their goods anyway (unaffected by the law either way).

    The citizenry permitted to be armed at all times. In places like schools, hospitals, and what not, it would be reasonable to limit the carry to concealed carry of handguns.

    Increased penalties for firearm offences (multiple offences served consecutively – NOT concurrently); firearm education at all levels of education (safe handling; history; theory; training; law; critical thinking debate).

    The introduction of castle law for property and the same principle for self-defence to be enshrined as inalienable rights.

  4. Paul says:

    My prefered moto operandi #7 #9 Unions and Education ….
    Making Canada even BETTER is only a first kick at the bucket….

  5. Peter Biesterfeld says:

    Although some of the points are worthy of debate, I’m happy to say I don’t agree with any of the messaging contained in this 10-point conservative press release. However, it appears that with this government’s dismantling of what was progressive policy in Canada, Mr. Agar’s might just come true. Sad and disturbing. Not my Canada.

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