Equal As Citizens

Decent Essays
In the book, Equal as Citizens by Richard Starr, he explains the historical imbalances of political economics of Canadian Federalism since confederation in 1867. With that being said, he covers a wide range of ground on the statistics of fiscal federalism, and points out how this federal fiscal system has not been fair in equally distributing the funds for social programs. His main argument is how Maritimes were directly affected by these imbalances of federalism, and have remained so in recent times. However, he fails to inform the reader of the Indigenous title to the land by Treaties, and how this correlates with the exploitation of natural resources in different provinces in Canada. The revenues that were and still are generating on Indigenous…show more content…
For example, in New Brunswick, infringed on Mi’gmaq and Maliseet lands by the government granting J.D. Irving 20% crown land. In 2014, seven Mi’gmaq communities in New Brunswick oppose these grants and have filled a law suit against the province (Poitras and White, 2016). Not only are these infringements on the land but also endanger the ecosystem in numerous ways that directly affect Mi’gmaq traditional practices, such as, hunting moose, deer and the ecosystem as a whole. This is nothing new in Mi’gma’gi, there is this underlying belief that Indigenous peoples do not have rights to the land, and that colonial myth is still alive and kicking, as can be seen with the treatment by the Canadian State to Indigenous…show more content…
The neo-liberal idea that oil and gas are primary sources of revenues for the country are very out dated. This is something that needs to be addressed if we want to sustain our economy and our environment. Without a stable environment, how could we possibly have a good economy, don’t they go hand in hand? Since the industrial revolution, our economy has increased significantly, however, it has a tremendous impact on our environment. Today, we can easily see the destruction of our environment take place all over the world, thus moving towards sustainable and renewable energies isn’t as far-fetched as it once was. The political ideologies of revenues through natural resource is strong, but the people are not realizing that this is not the only way to generate revenues within a province. Some provinces have said no we do not want pipelines or no we do not want fracking, but this is at a cost of getting the blame of not following the “Canadian Dream”. By that I mean, following the greedy corporate world in destroying the planet at the cost of becoming a wealthy province to satisfy the Canadian government, and be less reliant on government subsidies. Starr fails to mention the initiatives that the Nova Scotia provincial government has been leaning toward sustainable energies, such
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