LETTER: Robin hood now running Canada

'Politicians who rob Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the electoral support of Paul.'

While freedom, equality, opportunity and achievement are the tenets of  nations built on the belief that individuals are responsible for their own successes and accountable for their own failures, the federal Liberals took no chances  on such “sentimental” notion, having preferred instead the relative  electoral “safety” of Canada’s politically proven “Robin Hood” equalization system of “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Needless to say, Justin Trudeau counted on the para-phrased wisdom of one  George Bernard Shaw: “Politicians who rob Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the electoral support of Paul.”

Sadly, in Canada we are no strangers to the collective entitlements of the  welfare state, where “equalizing” everyone’s share of the national economic  pie trumps growing and broadening the “pie,” making everyone’s share bigger instead, and validating the economic truism: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”


E. W. Bopp, Tsawwassen


Surrey North Delta Leader

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