Equalization Payments

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Let's Get Atlantic Canada Out Of Its Have-Not Status

The question we should be asking is: How can we create the best conditions for Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs to create jobs and wealth? My approach is not to impose Ottawa's will on the provinces, but rather to reform the equalization program so that it provides the right incentives for economic development. I will respect the provinces and our Constitution.
CP

The Stories Politicians Tell Themselves Are Rarely True

Bob Rae and Kathleen Wynne are hardly the only (former and current) politicians to engage in storytelling. Politicians of every partisan stripe do the same thing. But while stories are useful and guide us in a variety of beneficial ways, the rational side of human nature should revisit tales now and then, especially political ones. That leads to better, smarter government. Ontario is no exception.
CP/GNM

Ontario's Financial Problems Are Ontario-Made

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa complained on Thursday that the federal government underfunds Ontario. The complaint is part of a political effort by some Ontario politicians and others to distract Ontarians from the real issue: made-in-Ontario policy that is killing investment and jobs in that province and creating massive provincial deficits.
CP

Feds Funneling $1.2 Billion From Ontario

OTTAWA - Changes to the way federal transfers to provinces are calculated since the Harper government took power appear to have made Ontario a big loser under equalization programs and Alberta the big...
CP

Feds Bilking Ontario By $1.2 Billion?

OTTAWA - A forthcoming new report from the parliamentary budget officer is expected to show Ottawa is shortchanging Ontario to the tune of $1.2 billion under the current system of equalization payment...
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Oui, Quebec Is Subsidized By the Rest of Canada

Here's a myth relevant to any musings about possible separation and one often promulgated by Quebec elites: that Quebec is not subsidized by the rest of Canada. No one, least of all anyone in Quebec, should buy the myth Quebec isn't massively subsidized by the rest of Canada. It surely is.

Dear Quebeckers

Dear Quebeckers: I'm not a political commentator. I don't even play one on TV. Instead, I'm an average Canadian citizen and that's why you may want to hear what I have to say about the current possib...
CP

Wynne: Feds Treating Ontario Unfairly

TORONTO - The federal government has treated Ontario unfairly by slashing $641 million in equalization payments and should make that up in Tuesday's budget, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday."There i...

Ontario's "Have Not" Status Creates a Divided Canada

Equalization is the federal government program ostensibly designed to help provinces provide roughly equal government services. Last year, Ottawa transferred $15.4 billion in equalization payments to six "poor" provinces, known as "have-nots." Ontario's entry into the equalization program back in 2009/10 -- think of a big sumo wrestler at a soup kitchen--resulted in a massive shift in dependency in Canada, and that portends future divisive debates. Now, 24.7 million people, or 71 per cent of the population live in a province that receives an equalization cheque from the federal government. This is a problem.
CP

Equalization Not So Equal?

OTTAWA - The inner workings of one of the country's biggest government programs need to be de-politicized and handed over to an arm's-length group of neutral technocrats, a new study suggests.The poli...