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Wheat Board

Antony — November 28, 2011

Today, the House of Commons voted to allow western farmers to sell wheat and barley to whomever they choose. This move was vociferously opposed by some Wheat Board supporters, but the government stuck to their guns and actually followed through on their promise. Although it’s nice to see this expansion of freedom, it is a bit disconcerting how much opposition there seems to be to removing the use of force in this area. The freedom to voluntarily buy and sell goods, and enter into contracts with whoever you choose is a fundamental aspect of property rights. It will be interesting to observe what happens to farm production and profits in the west. Although there might be some who lose out, this change will certainly lead to increased prosperity overall, and increased opportunities for the farmers involved.

Legislating = Lawbreaking?

Antony — December 9, 2011

In a strange twist in the Wheat Board saga, a federal judge has ruled that by introducing legislation giving farmers the freedom to sell wheat to someone other than the Wheat Board, the Agriculture Minister has broken the law. So let me get this straight – if a Member of Parliament introduces a motion to change a law, but what is allowed under the new law is not permitted by the old law, then that’s illegal? How does that make any sense? Isn’t the whole point of the legislative branch of government that they can change laws through legislation?

It’s unfortunate to see how many obstacles there are to removing this small bit of coercion from our society.

Come on Judge: don’t hate, let ’em legislate!

Good news

Dave Killion — December 6, 2011

Antony, your recent post about the wheat board reminded me that the federal government has been doing some other good things recently. For one example, the effort to eliminate the despicable long-gun registry continues despite hysteria from some parties. Another example? Many US citizens living in Canada (some for decades) were recently horrified to learn that they were required to file US income tax statements even when they had no US income. Worse still, those who had failed to do so are subject to potentially massive penalties even if they owed no taxes! Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has complained to the US government about this matter on several occasions, and the US government has announced that it is going to go easy on US citizens living in Canada. I must give credit where it’s due – the feds did good.

But wait, there’s more

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Sunday the government would eliminate tariffs on dozens more products used by Canadian manufacturers, aiming to lower their costs and encourage more hiring… 

We believe in free trade in Canada,” Flaherty said on CTV’s “Question Period” program. “Some of these old-fashioned tariffs get in the way. So we’re getting rid of them.”

I have previously expressed my skepticism at this government’s commitment to free trade, so I am pleased to see that Minister Flaherty has obviously been reading this blog and finds our arguments convincing. However, before anyone starts going soft on the state, remember that it’s a tried-and-true technique of cult leaders (and others wishing to control behaviour) to introduce a negative stimulus, then remove it as a “reward”. These are merely the first of many such positive steps that must be taken.