This morning ARPA’s Executive Director Mark Penninga was given an opportunity to make a presentation to the BC Finance Committee about priorities for the 2014 budget. We have done this a couple times in the past and this year we decided to do things a little different and first explain the concept of “sphere sovereignty” as it relates to the budget. We did this because an underlying problem that the provincial governments first need to address is a clear understanding of what its role is in relation to the other authority structures in society. The budget has ballooned because we look to the state to answer problems which really should be the responsibility of families, charity, the market, etc.
Attached is a copy of our presentation, including some specific recommendations which would save millions immediately and billions longer term.