The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Expropriation is a government's act of seizing property owned by a private party without that party's consent under the authority of a law, while paying compensation to the former owner. Any government has the right to seize such property, according to international law, if prompt and adequate compensation is given.According to the London Free Press, Oxford County is attempting to expropriate land occupied by the Blandford Square Mall near Woodstock to assemble a serviced land parcel to entice a $600-million Toyota assembly plant, which may employ 1,500 to 2,000 people, to the area. But the owner is asking $16 million for the 40-hectare site, while the county has offered more than $2 million.
If the county attempts to expropriate the land, Chetti said he will fight the move in court — which will delay the assembly and threaten the area's chances of landing the assembly plant.What are Oxford County's motives for suppressing the sanctity of private property and the speculative ambitions that help fuel the free market and provide benefits to citizens who enjoy an environment that protects them? Increased property assessments and tax revenue? Only as an aside — the publicly stated reason is the public good, the 1500 to 2000 jobs that will be created.
So, what good will be accomplished by this substitution of undefinable and arbitrary public interests for the rational and objective interests of private property owners? An accommodation of theft and arbitrary government dictates, that's what, which surely affects those workers as much as it does everyone else. It's not as if Toyota isn't going to build a plant somewhere.
Monday, May 30, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Monday, May 30, 2005