Is it too much to ask that our elected governments share the same belief?

To the Editor:

Among the dog’s breakfast of facts in a recent letter (‘Do you Identify with your province, or your country first?’ January 8), two stood out. The average Albertan’s after-tax income is 33% higher than that of his fellow-Canadians, and Alberta has no provincial sales tax.

The author thinks these are bad things. I don’t. He seems to have forgotten that the function of taxes is to help government provide essential services and protections, not to reduce people’s income. His two facts suggest to me that this Province, despite some mis-steps, has been financially responsible on the whole.

Of course, the point of the letter is his final question, ‘Do you identify with your province, or your country first?’ This is a bit like asking me whether I love my wife or my children more, but the answer’s a simple one. I identify with both, and I believe that both can flourish without taking advantage of each other.

Is it too much to ask that our elected governments share the same belief?

Sincerely

Douglas Lewis

Three Hills, AB