The Ontario government claims that it's shortchanged because Ontarians send more federal tax dollars to Ottawa than what the federal government directly spends in Ontario. But does this prove that Ontario's government deserves more money from the federal government?
The Liberal policy convention will bring together a wide range of dedicated Canadians determined to address constructively Canada's long-term potential and challenges. I am looking forward to many refreshing debates and discussions, with or without any childish and petty Conservative shenanigans.
We face two critical challenges in Canadian national politics today. First, how do we restore genuine democracy and persuade the 40 per cent of Canadians who sat out the vote in 2011 to vote again? The second challenge relates to the first: How do we convince those same Canadians to vote for the strong, active federal government we need to build a productive, innovative economy that fairly benefits all Canadians?
The contrast between the highway in New Brunswick and British Columbia is symbolic of how the federal equalization program allows recipient provinces to provide above-average benefits at the expense of taxpayers elsewhere, even to "over-equalize" in some cases.