Answering Mr. Flaherty’s call: How to cut spending, balance the budget and bring back the economy (you know, kinda like how things were before 2006…)

Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty.
Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty.

 

November 27, 2013

Mr. James Flaherty, M.P.

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A5

Dear Mr. Flaherty

It has come to my attention that you have been inviting suggestion from the Opposition and Canadians regarding means of eliminating your structural deficit without increasing taxes. I thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Spending:

Start by leading by example. Return parliament to its Westminster roots. Eliminate M.P. salaries, return parliament to meeting once per year, after which M.P.s go back to their (your) real jobs. Wind-up the M.P. pension scheme, return all past contributions with interest (based on the Bank of Canada rate, of course) and repudiate all future obligations. Similarly eliminate all Senate obligations. I am aware of nowhere in the British North America Act which states how much taxpayers have to pay these people.

Initiate a constitutional review of all laws, and repeal those which have the effect of encouraging an authoritarian police state. In particular, I would concentrate on laws enforcing the failed “war on drugs.” This would allow Your Government to fire thousands of employees at the R.C.M.P., Correctional Services, the Department of Justice and Canada Border Services Agency.

Pardon all those serving federal sentences for victimless crimes, including the aforementioned “war on drugs.”

Shut down the Communication Security Establishment and any other federal department charged with spying on Canadians. Cease contracting with other countries to do your dirty work.

Comply with the demands of the COMER lawsuit and return the Bank of Canada to its role as an interest-free credit-creation instrument for the Canadian government and people. This does not mean blindly printing money. At least., not for a fiscally disciplined government.

Immediately end all Canadian foreign military adventures (including “training missions” and “exercises”).

Close Canada’s embassy in Israel, recall our ambassador and other diplomatic staff and expel theirs. Refuse to accept their meddling and manipulation of our domestic and foreign policy. Decline to assist in prosecuting any more of their wars. Enshrine in law the expectation that public officers are expected to be loyal to Canada first, second and third.

Cut foreign aid to zero.

Wind down the Canada Pension Plan over a period of decades. Pay obligations to Canadians currently enrolled and current retirees. Expect future generations to plan and invest for their own retirement. As a means of accomplishing this, encourage a truly free stock market by outlawing derivatives, bail-outs (or bail-ins, to use your vernacular) and other government intervention. Prosecute white collar crime tomorrow as enthusiastically as you prosecute simple possession today. Institute strict limits on fractional reserve banking and abandon your goal of replacing 9:1 with unlimited.

I would hesitantly advocate returning the Canadian dollar to a value-based instrument instead of its current status as a debt-based fiat note. However we have seen what has happened to countries which attempted to do this (see Libya). You might compromise, though, by ordering the Mint to stop passing off their steel slugs as money, and return to using nickel (for nickels) and silver for all other coins.

End all Canadian participation in the U.N., the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and expel their officers and staff from Canada.

End state-mandated bilingualism. There is not a single Canadian outside the province of Quebec who speaks French but cannot speak English.

Forbid non-citizens from receiving federal entitlements.

Sell or close down the C.B.C.

Taxes:

Reduce the G.S.T. to zero.

Reduce the income tax rate its original six percent, with the first $50,000 exempt. Aim to eliminate it entirely.

Return to funding the government through excise taxes and duties. Reinstate countervailing duties on goods coming from countries which have no environmental, wage or labour legislation and ban the importation of goods manufactured by prison labour or slaves. This would have the beneficial side-effect of Your Government being able to fire tens of thousands of revenuers.

Repudiate Your Government’s participation in the global warming hoax and outlaw any future “carbon taxes.”

It is truly regrettable that, since taking office in 2006, The Harper Government has increased the public debt by over $150-billion and put “us” on track towards a $1-trillion public debt once Your Government loses control of interest rates.

It is also ironic that the closest thing we ever saw to a Preston Manning Reform Party government was a Liberal government with Paul Martin as Finance Minister and later Prime Minister.

The record of Your Government fills me with regret that Mr. Martin was not able to stay in office. Having voted Conservative in every election up to and including 2008 (I now only vote for independent candidates at every level) I share a certain degree of responsibility.

I initially voted for the newly-amalgamated Conservative Party. I saw candidates such as yourself and Mr. Clement and I was under mistaken impression I would voting for something like the Mike Harris Common Sense Revolution at the federal level. Add to that Stephen “Steve” Harper was being passed off as a right-wing extremist.

I was had. I will not be voting for your party or any “establishment” party again. It will have to be rebuilt from the ground up in the image of Mr. Manning before I will ever vote Conservative. However in the meantime, you might as well do something useful before your well-deserved electoral apocalypse (see Kim Campbell) in less than two years.

When the rebuilding happens, I’ll come back and lend a hand.

 

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