John Richards speaks for those in the West with strongly provincialist
leanings; I make no bones of the fact that my own leanings are more strongly federalist.
Forsey, for example, pushed for both the CCF and the labour movement to advocate use of the power of disallowance, drafted detailed labour memoranda calling for centralization of labour law and social policy, and passionately defended national unity and the British constitutional tradition from the separatists and provincialists
who began to make waves towards the end of his career at the CLC.
And Jespersen (1949: 360) cites Thomas Wright Hill [1763-1851] as saying that "r ought more carefully to be preserved for posterity, than can be hoped, if the provincialists
of the Metropolis and their tasteless imitators [are] to be tolerated".
As much as the constitutional debate pitted federalists against provincialists
, the zero-deficit policy pitted conservatives (or neo-liberals) against leftwing, pro-welfare state actors.