The age and deterioration of much of Canada’s infrastructure has long been a concern. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) estimates that 79% of the service life of the country’s public infrastructure has been used up. The accumulated deficit with respect to municipal infrastructure alone (representing some 60% of Canada’s public infrastructure) is at least $123 billion.
Being back down in Myrtle Beach for the winter has me thinking about how the Canadian and U.S. systems of government differ in a very fundamental way – and how that difference has been developed to a harmful extreme in both countries.
C. Richard Tindal, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Government. He taught for 30 years at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and was an occasional Visiting Professor at Queen's University. He has also written and consulted extensively about government.