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What Tories should try to avoid at all costs is becoming a slightly altered version of the Liberal party — centrist, in favour of big-government solutions to policy problems and willing to sacrifice...
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+Jesse Kline: "Alberta Premier Jim Prentice's desire to reduce the province's dependence on resources revenues is laudable. But it is a goal shared be every other premier since 1971." http://natpo.st/1Hj4hUP
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On the Internet, it is more effective to be entrepreneurial, than to use the punitive power of the state to achieve your goals.
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This is not about the state protecting us, since a fine for not wearing a helmet does not actually protect anyone from anything.  All this does is create learning opportunities for people who choose to forgo protective equipment (in other words no one is going to pay attention until there is a cost they care about).  In essence this is the free market at work.

My greater point is that the cost is not just to the individual making choices, but to others.  If we extend this perspective, those who do not wear helmets should not get state sponsored care.  Why should our taxes pay for someone else's choices?  The answer is because we choose to live together in this society.  

I am not focused on this specific issue as much as I am the larger issue.  Personal responsibility is a good thing, it is just that the consequences usually impact more than just the individual making the choice.  When you take preventable injuries and deaths together (alcohol abuse, obesity, distracted driving, smoking etc.) the cost to our society is staggering.  
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As part of the deal reached with the city, taxpayers are on the hook for the bulk of the $480 million Rogers Place arena
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If we're going to focus on health, let's discuss how prohibition makes the drug trade more dangerous.
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Finally, someone worth reading at NP. Great analysis.
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If a majority of the premiers were able to agree on a proposal for how to reform the Red Chamber, the federal government would have no choice but to negotiate.
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