RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in everything from Atlantic Insight to Atlantic Progress. A lifelong student of Maritime history, Starr is married to playwright and former MP Wendy Lill. They live in Dartmouth.
Enshrined in our constitution, Canadians expect equal treatment from their government. Canada's provinces have unequal means to pay for those responsibilities, as the balance of wealth shifts over time. Richard Starr traces the history of equalization & shows how it has been undermined & proposes how it can be reframed for the twenty-first century.
When New Brunswick Liberals crushed Richard Hatfield's Conservative government in the1987 election, winning every seat in the legislature, it marked the end of a high-flying political career comprehending everything from high-performance sports cars to ignominious drug busts.