Each year since Justin Trudeau became prime minister he has had a first minister's conference. The latest one was held in Montreal.
Stephen Harper refused to have these because he said nothing was ever accomplished and it was a waste of his time. He may have been right.
It certainly gave the premiers a chance to bash the current prime minister and his policies and make political points with their voters.
My beef is that each year inter-provincial trade barriers are on the agenda and yet nothing changes. Case in point there is a distillery, Iron Works Distillery, in Lunenburg that makes a product that is unique in Canada, spple vodka.
It’s an excellent product I am told, and yet it hasn't a market in Canada.
Why is this? Well it seems that it is almost impossible to market this fine product to other provinces because of inter-provincial trade barriers.
It seems rather silly that it is easier for a company to trade with another country than it is to trade within our own country. This is the state of affairs in Canada at present and it needs to be stopped.
Our elected officials serve at our pleasure. We elect them, but we don't compel them to work for our benefit. There are a lot of things in this country that could be changed to our benefit, but we sit on our hands and do nothing.
I have said this before but it is worth saying again, we are over governed it is ridiculous that we have three governments in the Maritimes to govern less people than live in Montreal or Toronto. Toronto now has 25 councillors. Nor do I buy the fact that a combined government would need to be in Halifax or Fredericton.
Our national capitol in Ottawa in not in our biggest city. All it requires is someplace central. I vote for Amherst since we are the town that is central.
Seriously we need to make more noise. Let our public officials know we want them to stop wasting our taxes on over government and let’s get rid of inter-provincial trade barriers so that companies in places that have too small a population to support their product have access to the bigger population centers in this country.
Walter Jones lives in Amherst. His column appears in the Amherst News.