Dear Mr. Government, Love Me, But Leave Me—Alone
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 2 Dec 1982, p. 127-141
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Dear Mr. Government, Love Me, But Leave Me—Alone

Exploring a few examples of government intervention in our lives where, in the speaker's view, this intervention is either excessive or simply wrong. Canadians' reliance on governments to help them and provide for them, and why this has been so. The massive nature of government participation in the Canadian economy, with illustrative examples. A look at government costs and their impact on the individual Canadian. The myth that Canadians contribute a reasonable portion of their income to governments. The reality of the increasingly heavy tax burden on Canadians. Other myths and realities of Canadian tax. A detailed consideration of the effectiveness of governments on the economy, through two current examples in the news: the National Energy Program; and at the provincial level, rent controls. Conclusions from this review. Proper role of the private sector. Suggestions for the public sector. What governments can and should do.