John Robson: Do we have rule of law in this country? Do we have a functional government?

What is a government for? Forget bickering over who’s a big meanie for not wanting to pluck a thick wad from its magic money tree for some unfortunate group. If a pipeline can’t be built because a province and some disgruntled people mock the law, we have to ask, fundamentally, what is a government for?

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