Falcon and the Income Gap

I suppose it is naive of me to be disappointed to hear BC Liberal Finance Minister Kevin Falcon defend economic disparity in the province. He asks British Columbians to remember that “in Cuba they don’t have any income inequality because they’re all poor.”

Perhaps Mr Falcon would do well to remember the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Imposed initially in 1960 and continuing to the present day, the embargo is older than Mr Falcon. In spite of the embargo, Cuba enjoys an unemployment rate roughly half of BC’s. Cubans have universal health care and free education at every level with a class-size limit of 25 in elementary school.

I don’t mean to paint too rosy a picture of Cuba, but how wealthy would we be if a similar embargo were imposed on BC for a few decades? As it is, are we feeling secure about our health care and education? Mr Falcon’s callous analogy does nothing more than indicate how out of touch our Liberal government is. Apparently the whipping over the HST did not teach a lesson. Let’s hope the next election does.

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