In a magnificent pro-Confederation speech on Feb. 8, 1865, George Brown declared: "The proposal now before us is to throw down all barriers between the provinces – to make a citizen of one, citizen of the whole." It's past time Ottawa kept this promise, undoing not just the economic harm of internal protectionism but also its dangerous tendency to exacerbate regional antagonisms.
The editorial pages of today's Globe and Mail features an Op-Ed by Robert Knox, Brian Lee Crowley and John Robson. The authors of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's latest release, Citizen of One, Citizen of the Whole, point out that Canada Day is a perfect time to celebrate the "expansive national vision of our founders." They go on to quote one of those founders: