|Crowley, Brian Lee ||The “L” Word|
A slightly abridged version of this article appeared in The Globe and Mail on 15 March 1997, p. D9.
Libertarianism: A Primer, by David Boaz, Free Press, 314 pp, $31.00.
What it Means to be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation, by Charles Murray, Broadway Books, 178 pp., $28.00.
The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman, edited by David Boaz, Free Press, 458 pp., $37.00.
|The Social Union - A Debate (with Janet Ajzenstat, William D. Gairdner, Lorne Gunter, Ken Holland, Rory Leishman, Michael Lusztig, Judy Rebick, John Robson, Paul Romney) |
Dr. William Gairdner sparked a debate in late 1998 on conservativeforum.org about government plans for a "social union", a federal government promise of largesse to provinces and various groups in return for constitutional and political peace. Dr. Gairdner and eight other distinguished commentators, not all conservatives, contributed their perspectives to the debate. The liberal government implemented its social union agreement with the provinces in 1999. The debate remains interesting for its discussion of the founders' intentions, and of the degree to which an elected government should set its promises in legal concrete, unassailable by subsequently-elected governments which may have different priorities.