Montréal, 11 novembre 2000  /  No 71
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Scott Carpenter is a young entrepreneur living in Victoria, B.C. and the founder and editor of Liberty Free Press.
by Scott Carpenter
          Hunting season is nearly over and the snow has come once more like a blanket of cotton to cover the north until the coming of the spring Chinooks. It's a funny time of year here. While the oil and gas patch busies itself and the lumber companies return to the woods, for the most part life seems to take on a slower pace. Perhaps it's just the cold. Vehicles need to be warmed before driving, the wheels turn slower and yet – industry and play marches on. Indeed, amongst the northern population there appears to be a keen understanding of the connection between production and leisure.
The Final Frontier 
          Before play or politics (or anything else) comes work. It's not that it has to be this way – not in this day and age of government « assistance » – but it seems those who come north do so in search of a different type of life. A friend once told me that anyone who moved north of the 55th was either running away or had something to hide. Frankly, I'm not so sure that's a bad thing. You'll find here, generally speaking, that folks have a « mind your own business and take care of yourself first » style of philosophy. 
          Northerners – though friendly and polite (for the most part) tend to be an independent bunch. I think that is why you will find such a high rate of firearms ownership and such a low rate of unemployment here. People don't come to be a burden or to be nosy – they come to carve out a life for themselves. Literally speaking – Northern Canada and Alaska may very well be the last geographical frontier on the planet and as such this region attracts a lot of people who simply want to be left alone – thus making it a great place to be if you are a libertarian. 
          The impact this fact has on the current political landscape is, after much thought, quite staggering to say the least. While the population in this northern hinterland is not nearly large enough to effect the wave of practical politics sweeping in from the south it does have the potential to tear the political fabric of this country apart in a much different fashion. 
          In a place where individual rights are more or less a given – and where private property is still viewed as a sacred right – our current socialist regime will ultimately find itself either ignored or pushed aside altogether. It is true that those in search of liberty are not easily lead astray.  
          So, while communist platitudes may quell the whining of the majority of our southern cousins they will do little more than inflame the already disgruntled sensibilities of the northern capitalist and individualist [note: I am well aware that there is diversity of political opinion throughout the country – but there is no denying that each region of the nation subscribes to a different set of politics as a general rule. One only need look as far as parliament to see that what I say is true.] 
Thanks but no thanks 
          While Chrétien fiddles and recites Marx during the federal debates: « We must have a government that will redistribute the wealth so that those who have less will have more... » those producers who live in the land that socialism forgot tend to get a little jumpy at the mention of such vulgar ideas. In BC, where the north produces over 60% of the provinces GDP (and with less than 10% of the overall provincial population) value producers are beginning to feel more and more like they are being fed on by some unseen and loathsome parasite. 
     « The governments own statistics will show that men go where there is capital and where the government and its legislation are less intrusive. Calgary is an excellent example of this phenomena as it's population has literally exploded over the last five to ten years. » 
          Because of this the underground economy here is booming at an alarming rate. It makes sense that with this growth there has been a correlated drop in the respect for any law passed by our provincial and federal governments with regards to trade and even other issues. 
          All of this frustration, disobedience and prosperity adds up to one thing: secession – or at the very least decentralization in one shape or another – whether we like it or not. 
          Indeed, it may be time for us to quit this charade and to face the incontrovertible fact that it is time for us to shake hands and go our own ways. The idea that we are bound by some esoteric and cryptic legal agreement to live as slaves to one another is absurd and immoral. Logically – there is no reason we cannot get along separately but together – as a loose association of free states.  
          Big government has had its day in the sun and has failed us miserably. Time and again the principles of liberty provide a better world for men to cohabitate in than the strappings of socialism ever could. Indeed, the reason western Canada (northern Alberta and BC in particular) is so prosperous is because of the fact that it is more laissez faire politically and economically than the rest of the country. 
          The governments own statistics will show that men go where there is capital and where the government and its legislation are less intrusive. Calgary is an excellent example of this phenomena as it's population has literally exploded over the last five to ten years. 
          If this is indeed true then does it not make sense to cut the beast off at the head and to let each to his own? In light of these facts what purpose does the federal government serve anymore except to « redistribute the wealth » of the producers so that « those who have less will have more ». Moreover – why do we tolerate it? 
          Why do we who see the truth in such things not say « Thanks but no thanks » and simply pack up and leave? I suspect that if some producers left that others would soon follow and that eventually the head of the monster would fall off on its own. The truth is – it cannot survive without us. 
          Is it not this simple? 
          Your questions and comments are welcome. 
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