Global Unity vs. National Unity
Tue, December 18, 2018 | Author: Peter Vogel | Volume 25 Issue 51
This is a time of year when we seek peace and hope that nothing goes wrong while we take some form of a holiday and spend time with our loved ones. With that in mind, I wish all of you and your families a Blessed Christmas!
Thinking about peace brings thoughts of safety, plenty, and warmth to mind. On a political level, true peace requires some degree of unity and freedom.
Canada has peace to a wonderful degree; we are not at war with anyone and even our biggest political differences have not boiled over into physical combat in many years.
And yet, I am mindful not to say “peace, peace” when there is no peace; Toronto had its highest number of homicides ever this year.
National unity, also a condition for peace, is moving in the wrong direction. While Quebec has not been talking about separation much lately, there is significant discontent in Western Provinces, particularly Alberta over equalization payments and a lack of cooperation from the other provinces and the federal government on building pipelines.
This issue of National unity is one that the federal government ought to focus on much more! Remarkably — very remarkably — the CBC published an article recently that points this out in much harsher terms than any of us would have expected: “Waking up into Justin Trudeau’s worldly view is irrational — a sign of childish naiveté at best. … The Trudeaus have never understood — or seemed fond of — Alberta or the aspirations of the West. Our prime minister is focused on a global agenda. Meanwhile, he and his team are setting Canada against itself.” Although the buying of Eastern Canada’s votes with Alberta’s equalization payments has not been the recipe for electoral failure that it ought to have been, at least the CBC has not given the PM a free pass on this one!
Along with unity, there must be security, and our national security has been called into question this year more than usual:
- The continued issue of “refugees” walking unchallenged across our borders.
- Chinese state-owned companies vying to build critical Canadian infrastructure.
- The new UN Global Migration Pact, signed on Dec 10th that is causing upheaval in Europe.
These issues on their own are each complicated, and having them all happening at once is a recipe for long-term challenges and decreased stability.
Our Prime Minister would undoubtedly like to see some degree of unity among the countries of the United Nations, and signing the Migration Pact will add to that. But it does so at the expense of national security, and also national unity, for not all Canadians have accepted the PM’s view that Canada’s borders are near-meaningless.
The vision of the world as being a better place without borders is like believing that your neighbourhood would be a better place without home-ownership; no one would have to take responsibility, and the overall character of the area would go downhill.
While international borders with their security procedures are necessary, the borders between Canadian provinces should not be as challenging. It is interesting and perplexing that Canada spent most of this year working on a trade deal with Mexico and the USA, but interprovincial trade was just one item on an agenda of many at a recent one-day meeting between the Premiers and the Prime Minister!
Provincial unity at home should be a great place to start when thinking about peace in the larger context. Fairness and respect for jurisdiction are necessary in this ongoing issue. On the international stage there must also be fairness and respect for jurisdiction — especially international borders — so that nations can live as neighbours.
Let’s pray during this Christmas season that neighbours both close and far, both big and small, will live at peace with each other. Let’s pray for “…all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life…” 1 Timothy 2:2.
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For more info on National unity, equalization payments, consider reading:
Other Commentary by Peter Vogel:
- A Campaign Platform or a Budget?
- Should the Prime Minister Resign?
- “Patient’s orders!”
- Changes to Justice
- Global Unity vs. National Unity
- Once in Canada, Always a Canadian?
- Asia Bibi — Alive, But Not Free
- Children — Who Wants Them?
- Are You Worth More Than $2875.00?
- Neutrality: Inadequate and Unachievable
- Build a Wall or Grow a Spine?
- NATO and Canada’s National Defence Budget