Saturday, May 05, 2007

 

Equalization not so equal for Have Not provinces

The Premier has called them out and now they are responding.

Conservative MP Andrew Scheer reacting to comments made by Lorne Calvert this week surrounding the issue of equalization. Calvert has accused the 12 Conservative MPs of doing nothing about the Federal Government's broken promise. The province had been pushing for the full exclusion of non - renewable resource revenues from the equalization formula--instead there is a cap on the amount of money Saskatchewan is entitled to. Andrew Scheer says the premier is way off base, and that there is no deal that would please him. Scheer also says equalization is for have not provinces, so why should a province like Saskatchewan with a greater fiscal capacity, get special treatment. Scheer adds if Saskatchewan ever becomes a have - not province again, then the cap is removed.



http://www.newstalk980.com/index.php

So why is it the provinces like NL, NS who are Have Not provinces now have to accept the CAP and be thankfull according to the drivel coming out of Ottawa, the Biased so called Notional MSM and the uninformed elitists who live in Ontario with their heads in the Federal pork barrel?

In another back pages story from the Notional Post.
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=bb510ca9-6890-41d4-8e94-a2bf7bc56b76&k=15498&p=1

It looks like the old Federal style of divide and concur are in full swing. I just heard a news clip from a Sask radio station by Andrew Scheer that Sask has been given twice as much in recent months from the feds for infrastructure Per capita funding and what not. It would seem NS is being offered the same deal take the short term money and run.

I took some of these quotes out of context because as usual the National editors have to throw in their NL hating slant.
All signs point to a new -- and expensive -- side deal in the works. Mr. Flaherty hinted as much before he left Halifax.
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The fear seems to be that too much talk could upset negotiations with the government of

Nova Scotia over a new sweetheart deal the province is being offered to ensure Premier Rodney MacDonald does not join Mr. Williams in campaigning against Stephen Harper during the next election.
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The East Coast political establishment believes the formula has been amended to the disadvantage of its provinces. It has a point. The offshore accords have caveats that say any enriched equalization deal is open to the Atlantic provinces and should not include a cap on fiscal capacity.
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any sweetener offered to Nova Scotia will not be offered to Newfoundland.
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Mr. Manning, Mr. Doyle and Loyola Hearn, the Fisheries Minister, will likely suffer the electoral backlash -- in fact the latter two have already said they will retire at the next election.
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It might have appeared that Mr. Flaherty was taking the hard line during a news conference at Halifax Airport, where he was firm in his assertion that Nova Scotia cannot keep its offshore wealth and the new equalization formula. But sources in Nova Scotia believe Ottawa will commit to a financial package for such other government priorities as the Atlantic Gateway project that will connect ports of entry in the region to the hinterland. Mr. Flaherty signalled as much when he said he and Mr. MacIsaac had also talked about "infrastructure issues ... gateway issues that are important in Atlantic Canada."

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