The census in
There are many problems with the officially
approved views of
One very important consideration is that
virtually all of the immigration today ends up in
Unlike in earlier years, smog has become a
major problem in
The increasing population in the cities
overburdens the vaunted health-care system (for example, because of the sheer
number of new patients), as well as the public education system (for example,
because of the very high proportion of students requiring ESL instruction).
As some of the wealthier inhabitants of the city seek to find a calmer living in the countryside, the more attractive parts of the hinterland are opened to more and more residential development.
To accommodate the burgeoning population in the
more southerly parts of
As Canada requires ever more natural resources
to maintain its economy, oil and mineral exploration as well as logging in ever
increasing parts of the hinterland, including those which were once thought to
be set aside mostly for the less intrusive forms of tourism, becomes economically
As a northern country,
It could be argued that there exists in
Many of the ostensibly pro-ecological policies are also calculated in such a fashion as to shift the maximum of costs onto the taxpaying public, and exponentially increase the permissible level of government intrusion. One of the most obvious inducements to conservation of such resources as electricity is to charge market prices for them, yet this is usually considered anathema.
Nation, Family, and Community
Also, since the current-day system typically absolves
people of responsibility for their individual actions, it thereby lessens the
appeal it can make on behalf of individual conservation efforts. For example,
why should I limit my water-consumption, if I’m receiving it for free, and I
know that even if I limit myself, irresponsible others will use as much as they
wish. Of course, with mass immigration into
Indeed, the rather abstract allegiances of many
ecologists to “the planet” do not seem to make the most effective behavioral
inducement. People often tend to care most for their own nation, local
community, and family. So the ecological appeal could be better framed in terms
of preserving the ecology of
this country and
The idea is to link patriotism, civic-mindedness, and ecology.
It could be argued that the commodity-consumption/welfare-state rapidly consumes the long-accumulated, once-carefully shepherded wealth of a given state/society/nation like a ravenous, raging fire, in the end leaving only a burnt-out husk.
The GNP is expected to rise at a rate of at least 3 percent a year, and it seems that it is never enough. The maintenance of what are (by any world-historical measure) the comparatively very high living standards of the Canadian welfare-state can only occur with the intensifying despoliation of the natural environment; or with net negative population growth. It could be argued that the current-day Canada, which should be called a consumptionist welfare-state, has consumed with comparatively little long-term benefit, and with obvious detriment to social values and cohesion, vast resources which could have sustained earlier societies in relative comfort and stability for centuries or even millennia.
Ironically, the hypertrophy of immense wealth also actually results in the tendency towards the atrophy of authentic social standards and much of authentic social existence. Even as ever-greater wealth is generated, society loses many of its earlier good habits that would allow it to utilize the wealth towards ensuring a “commodious” existence, or to carefully conserve it for future generations.
It could be argued, furthermore, that the relatively high general living standards of the Canadian welfare-society can only be maintained at fever-pitch height for little more than a generation. It now increasingly appears that the Baby Boomers here are indeed the first and last hyper-affluent generation. Though these trends are only beginning, increasing economic and budget stringency appears to be the trend of the future.
It is clear that the Canadian welfare-society is the very opposite of premodern “stable-state” (or “steady-state”) societies The current-day, socially liberal, multiculturalist, consumptionist welfare-state might well be only a very brief episode in human history, before some kind of massive dissolution into chaos, or, possibly some sort of new re-integration, emerges.
The central idea is to link some aspects of traditional nation, family, and religion, with a deeply conservationist and ecological program. There would be the hope for societies to emerge that would be comparatively socially and ecologically stable, and technologically advanced at the same time.