Senator Duffy has an idea:
Sen. Mike Duffy is adding his voice to calls for Maritime Union to help kickstart the regional economy.
The Conservative senator said the governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island face serious financial challenges and the concept of Maritime Union could help the three regions survive.
“Can our region carry on this way with more and more retirees coming home to live out their retirement years, a dwindling tax base, and huge expenses going up because of medicare?” Duffy said.
Yes. Because the rest of the country subsidizes the Maritimes, minus Newfoundland and Labrador, to the tune of billions of dollars a year. Why bother reforming your political and economic system when you know full well someone else is picking up the tab? This isn't by any means a new idea. It actually predates the foundation of the country.
The Charlottetown Conference was originally convened to discuss the idea of a Maritime Union. Then a delegation from the Province of Canada, now Ontario and Quebec, showed up and asked to pitch the idea of a wider union. The delegates from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI ditched the idea of a Maritime, of which few were very fond, and started negotiations for what became the Dominion of Canada. Why form a union of three poor provinces when you can be part of a much larger grouping with more of that wonderful free stuff that electorates are so addicted to?
That logic seems to apply equally well in 2012 as it did in 1864.