The fallout from the changes in the Employment Insurance system shows just how little political clout the Atlantic region has in Ottawa.
Aside from a few heavyweights like Peter MacKay from Nova Scotia, the people of the East Coast barely get a second thought when politicians start scheming behind closed doors in the nation’s capital.
It’s been like this for ages but it seems to be growing worse as the real power in Canada is centred in Central Canada and is creeping slowly west.
Now might be the time to dredge up the idea of union, symbolic or otherwise, between the Atlantic Provinces.
All four have long histories their people are justly proud of but it may be time to get beyond that and look at the bigger picture. Newfoundland went it alone for hundreds of years before voters decided in 1949 we would be better off as part of Canada.
The people had to swallow their pride and think about the bigger picture and assure a better future for their children and grandchildren.
The same may be becoming true for the whole Atlantic region. Many think we are being given short shrift by politicians in Ottawa and some kind of political union would address some of that. The region would have economic power and require more political attention from those who need the votes to keep or gain power.
As it stands now we are bordering on irrelevant when it comes to controlling or impacting the political agenda.
It may be time to dust off the idea of creating “Atlantica” for the good of all. A start would be increased communication between the provinces when dealing with federal issues.