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Liberal spending: world class and school class

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With a billion dollars, for example, about half the population of Canada could buy a lift ticket at Whistler Mountain. Big Joe would like that. Probably get his million and a half bogus, er, bonus if that happened.

A billion dollars would build over 7,000 nice, small homes in the city some people seem to want to build in the Callaghan.

Course, it wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of an Olympics.

If there are really something like seven million firearms in Canada, it’s already costing nearly a hundred-and-fifty bucks to register each one. Except well under half have been registered, partly because gun owners are being understandably ornery about registering, partly because the bureaucrats have so bungled the process.

I don’t know if a firearms registration is worth a billion bucks. I’m not convinced the threat from guns stem from the number of guns around so much as the mindset of the people who have or gain access to them. I think Canada is a less violent country than my home and native land, the USofA, not because we have fewer guns but because we have a social fabric more collective in nature, more nurturing at the margins and more compassionate in its overwhelming desire to be inclusive.

And I think governments that piss away big sums of money on vainglorious projects undermine that social fabric in a more direct way than all the TEC 9s out there.

But’cha gotta hand it to the Libs. Blowing a billion bucks and keeping it a secret is no small trick. That’s world class.