'Etherized upon a table'

Susan Delacourt alerts us to Deborah Coyne’s call to arms in today’s Star, and reminds us that the government’s diminished capacity is not just a figment of Ms. Coyne’s imagination.

Eyes glaze over when such facts are laid out, but Canadians must resist and recognize this trend toward fiscal weakness means our national government will be unable to fulfill its duties across the broad spectrum: national standards for social, educational and environmental programs; comparable national public services and infrastructure; strategic investments in innovation and leading-edge industries; adequate support for our troops; equity and justice for aboriginal Canadians.

Almost every aspect of our daily lives, every serious challenge, has a global dimension necessitating global cooperation and solutions. Yet Canada’s influence and effectiveness on the international stage are being undermined by our internal incoherence and diminished national strength.