SOURIS, Man. - A disgruntled rural municipality in southwestern Manitoba wants to secede from the province and join Saskatchewan.
The RM of Glenwood doesn't agree with the Manitoba government's plan to save money by amalgamating municipalities with fewer than 1,000 residents.
Walter Finley, a municipal councillor, says the RM's administration costs are already low, and amalgamation would drive them up.
Finely says Glenwood has more in common with Saskatchewan than with the government in Winnipeg and he feels the province doesn't care much about the western half of Manitoba.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the RM would have to pledge allegiance to a different football team.
Wall says it could be uncomfortable getting to the RM, which is not on the boundary with Saskatchewan, and jokingly asks if border patrol might be needed.
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What Each Province Gets In Equalization
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization_payments_in_Canada#Regional_fiscal_disparities_in_Canada" target="_hplink">Here's how much money each province will receive in equalization payments during the 2013-2014 year.</a> Source: <a href="http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/eqp-eng.asp">Department of Finance</a>. (Alamy)
P.E.I. - $340 Million
Per capita: $2,350 (MICHEL VIATTEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Nova Scotia - $1.458 Billion
Per capita: $1,342 (Tim BREAKMEIE/AFP/Getty Images)
New Brunswick - $1.513 Billion
Per capita: $1,985 (Luke Pinneo/Getty Images)
Manitoba - $1.792 Billion
Per capita: $1,353 (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jezz/">Flickr: Jezz's Photostream</a>
Ontario - $3.169 Billion
Per capita: $246 (GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Quebec - $7.833 Billion
Per capita: $934 (Alamy)
Newfoundland And Labrador - No Payments
(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/60548141@N00/" target="_hplink">Flickr: magnolia1000</a>)
B.C. - No Payments
Alberta - No Payments
(MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Saskatchewan - No Payments
(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/justaprairieboy/">Flickr: Just a Prairie Boy's photostream</a>)