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Offline Gorgeous Graham

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Re: Government Day-to-Day
« Reply #285 on: April 08, 2020, 12:04:39 pm »
Have you not noticed that virtually every business in the country has shut down except for the ones that the government deems “essential”?   

Because gov’t deems them essential.

So government deserves a pat on the back for feeding humanity because they didn't force grocery stores to all close?

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So you’re a socialist who pretends to be a free market capitalist when it suits you.

I'm not nor have I ever been a free-market capitalist.  But I am a capitalist, and I believe in a social safety net too.  That's what we have now, it's been working.

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Government needs to nationalize industries like all healthcare, research into pharmaceuticals, and energy.

Why?

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Alberta’s private electric companies are a failure compared to BC’s crown corp for hydro-electric.

Go look at what the Ontario government has done to their hydro system the last 20 years.  I really don't care if it's private or public as long as it's run well and it's affordable.

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Commercial land ownership should fall to the provinces, so in the event of another disaster they can forgive rents. 

The provinces are already broke, I don't see how they're going to be able to afford to buy up all commercial land.  Then they have to administer it.

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Universities and private industry needs to be forced to research bio-tech to alleviate pandemics.   

There's plenty of motivation for private companies to research biotech because any company that finds a vaccine for COVID will be ridiculously wealthy.  But we also should have government research into diseases too, which we have.

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The manufacture of personal safety devices needs to be nationalized so the Americans can’t hold us hostage.  Drug patents need to be curtailed.

We do need some way to ensure that Canada is able to manufacture such equipment in an emergency.  Many Canadian companies have volunteered to produce them for us.  We also need to create stockpiles so this doesn't happen again.

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The pandemic response was a guaranteed income for everyone.  There needs to be a national Guaranteed Monthly Income all the time so that when a disaster occurs it can simply be scaled up instead of having to re-invent ways to pay people, which we did anyway.

Maybe.  On the other hand we basically scaled up the EI program and so far so good.  Masses of people haven't been going homeless or starving.  I guess we'll see what comes out of this.  I don't think we need to re-invent the economy and nationalize entire industries because of a once-in-a-century emergency.  Maybe we just need to improve our emergency responses and infrastructure.
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