How much did you pay in Income Tax last year? $10,000 or perhaps $22,000? or are you so fortunate to have earned enough to be paying $39,000? Well, if you find yourself in that top category, by my figuring that would put you in the top 3% of earners in Canada. Congratulations, your contribution to the Federal Government still falls short of the amount of money spent in 2012 to support just ONE person in Nunavut.
I suspect that there will be those who don’t believe me, so take a moment and check it out for yourself because this information is all public and on the Internet for all to see here.
Of course the amount of transfers to each province and territory is all there on the same page. For example, the transfer amount for each resident of Alberta is less than a thousand dollars, or about 1/40 of the amount sent to our precious north. In 2012 the 33,000 residents of Nunavut pulled in over $1,300,000,000 in federal financial transfers or $39,028 for every person.
This $1.3+ billion is about $40 that every Canadian sends to the residents of Nunavut every year just so that they can live there. The $40 works out to 82% of all the income for the territory, which means the people of Nunavut are earning some income, about $8.75 for each $40.00 we each send.
To put this in perspective, the Federal government sent $3.8 billion to the 3,700,000 residents of Alberta in 2012, which is about $1,027 per person or $11.69 for every Canadian.
Canada’s Arctic is a financial sink-hole that we continue to dump our hard-earned tax dollars in to with absolutely no hope of ever seeing a return. Given that the population can no longer be supported by the natural food resources in the Arctic and that the vast majority of the citizens in the Arctic are reliant upon financial subsidy to maintain their current lifestyle, I believe that it is time for Canada to convert the entire land mass of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in to National Parks. This would have many positive benefits for Canadians, current residents of the Territories, the animals and plant life there and for future generations of Canadians.
First, this would ensure that Canadian sovereignty over the land would be enshrined in existing international agreements that recognize National Parks as part of a national boundary.
Second, National Parks exist to preserve, protect and present their spaces for all and future Canadians to enjoy. By converting these lands in to such a protected space would help to ensure that the ever-dwindling populations of Caribou, Bare land Grizzlies, Muskox and Polar Bears would be preserved for all future generations of Canadians to experience and enjoy.
Third, the monumental financial drain that the Arctic communities are today and will continue to be can be eliminated. By ensuring that the need to reside policy of National Parks is respected, we can ensure that only those who have an active role in protecting, preserving and presenting these lands will live there. The remaining populations should be given fair and reasonable relocation to wherever else in Canada they wish to live.
Fourth, establishing new National Parks will be a boon for employment, as this does not mean the end of all traditional hunting or lifestyle there, but rather it will create an unprecedented opportunity to establish new and novel tourism experiences across the vast and varied Arctic ecosystems, giving Canadians and a global population the opportunity to experience a unique ecosystem and lifestyle that will forever disappear if we do nothing to divert from our current course of inaction.