Investing in Ontario’s future (or not)
David Frum | Aug 11, 2012 6:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Aug 10, 2012 4:35 PM ET
The outlook is most grim for Ontario. Like the U.S. rustbelt, Ontario has been losing industrial jobs, and only new business investment can create the post-industrial jobs of the future. Ontario is not immune to the social consequences of deindustrialization: income decline among less educated people, especially men; family breakdown as men become less marriageable; diminished life chances for children raised without fathers.
Canadians should not arrogantly assume that what has happened to Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh cannot happen to Brantford, Trenton, and Windsor. It can happen, and it is happening. Oil wealth may pay for social programs to cushion the shock of job loss, but a stable society must provide work, not welfare, to its young men and future fathers.