Canada is continuing to pursue a course of non-stop growth through reckless resource exploitation, rapid population growth and increasing consumption. These actions are done in the name of growing the economy. The real world results of this antiquated mandate are rising carbon emissions, increasing public and private debt, loss of prime farmland plus growing debt and inequality.
The size of the commercial economy has been placed ahead of the common good. This approach is not sustainable environmentally, socially or fiscally either nationally or globally. Infinite
growth is impossible on a finite planet.
Our national policy focus should be on developing human potential and maintaining our environmental assets rather than using our people as consumers and cheap labour to exhaust our resources as quickly as possible.
The quality and variety of productive jobs is much larger in a broad-based, sustainable economy. Growth-at-any-cost comes with booms and busts while a sustainable economy offers high quality, stable jobs in the long term.
Canada needs to change its focus from the pursuit of continued growth to investing in our people. We need to produce a more equal society with declining numbers of working poor and a more extensive social safety net underwritten by fiscal balance. We need to be clear that the welfare of our citizens and the health of our environment, rather than the size of the commercial economy, are what constitute the common good.