In a recent speech Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff claimed Canada needed a "plan" for growth.
That led me to send the following letter to the editor to the Globe and Mail:
Beware of politicians bearing “plans.”
Take Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. He says he has a plan for economic growth. ("Ignatieff pushes ‘good government'and growth instead of tax cuts", Sept 22)
Translation: he wants to subsidize industries, regulate trade and generally pick winners and losers in the economy.
We’ve tried this sort of planning before.
It doesn’t work.
Rather than creating economic growth, it creates big, costly and inefficient government.
That’s why the only thing our politicians should be planning is how they can leave the economy alone