Allan Rock's elitist objectives for Canada:
bench marking with the U.S. and being the best in the world

Nipawin - Friday, February 15, 2002 - by: Mario deSantis


"There is no single, simple model of globalization... We do not propose to work out a single intellectual and policy program"

Dani Rodrik, Harvard economist


We have been describing the BIG LIE of the Free Market and at the same time we have been delineating economic and social policies congruent with the common and individual good as perceived by different people in different countries. What is individually good in Canada is not necessarily individually good in India, and what is common good in India is not necessarily common good in Canada, and... The only single thing which is good individually and collectively is the globalization of ideas and social understanding.




It is my understanding that Allan Rock, Minister of Industry, doesn't understand what is common good and what is individual good for Canada. I agree with Allan Rock's statement that Canadian incomes have been declining for a generation, but I disagree with him when he says
"It is nice to use the U.S. as a benchmark but there is no reason why we can't do better than the U.S. -- that is our objective. We want to be the best in the world, second to none."

for all

This reminds me of the University of Toronto or Queen's University when their boards of governors want to hike the student fees for the purpose to become the best universities in the world. And I ask, as I have two sons in Saskatchewan and why should the University of Toronto or Queen's be the best universities in the world? Adam Smith reminded us in his book The Wealth of Nations that our natural individual differences and talents are minimal and as a consequence we have the social responsibilities to provide equal opportunities for our people, men, women, young and old, in an unequal world. Therefore what we need is not to be 'the best in the world and second to none', but to be the best of ourselves in a better world for all.




Allan Rock goes on to say that
"Relative to the U.S., the world's benchmark economy, real incomes per capita in Canada have been steadily falling over much of the last two decades."
We have been expressing our disappointment to the permeating obsession of elitist leaders to look for averages of averages of pseudo scientific correlating economic indicators, and Allan Rock goes further to say
"If we do not narrow the gap further, we risk an outflow of talent and capital, which could contribute to a decline in our standard of living and, ultimately, the quality of life of Canadians."




We are going to show in pictures what the United States has accomplished in the decade 1989-1999, and we hope that Allan Rock will be able to understand better which economic policies are best for Canada rather than using the United States as a measurable benchmark for the world to follow. These charts listed below spell out the situation in the United States. (Click on the chart's name below to make it appear.)


  Pertinent articles in Ensign
  Rock says Canada is in decline Ground lost to U.S. for two decades, Liberals admit: 'We risk an outflow of talent and capital,' long-range innovation plan warns. Alan Toulin, February 13, 2002, National Post
  Canada's Innovation Strategy Government of Canada
  Divided Decade: Economic Disparity at the Century's Turn, by Chuck Collins, Chris Hartman and Holly Sklar, © United for a Fair Economy, December 15, 1999