Monday, February 21, 2005

The geese laying the gold are starting to squawk

Babble on.

As I've mentioned before, when Paul Wells gets it right, the ball doesn't just go over the fence, it goes intercontinental. Yesterday's explanation of Ontario's place in the equalization formula qualifies as a rocket off his bat:

You see her point. If anyone's mad at Ottawa, it's like Quebec being mad at Ottawa, and the more provinces that are mad at Ottawa, the better.

And, one assumes, you see how spectacularly wrong this is. Ontario is mad at Ottawa because it pays $23 billion more in tax revenue into the federal pot than it receives in government services and debt servicing. And it thinks that's too much.

Quebec — it kind of amazes me to have to point this out — is mad at Ottawa because it receives $2.8 billion more in government and debt servicing than it sends in tax revenue. And it thinks that's not enough.

It's worth your time to read the rest. Dalton McWeasel doesn't strike me as an Atlas shrugging; but if the federal-provincial fiscal balance is out of kilter badly enough that this pencil-necked twit and his intestine-less excuse for a government are trying to stand on their hind legs, the have-not provinces in Canada should start worrying. Because while McWobbly might not have the stones to really throw Ontario's weight around, he won't be in power forever.

Babble off.


At 9:55 p.m., Blogger Declan said...

I think you're (a bit) too hard on Dalton, but I agree with your (and Paul Wells) main point which is that if Ontario starts to get seriously cranky about subisidizing the rest of the country this could get really interesting - interesting like a car accident as opposed to interesting like a good book.

At 10:39 a.m., Blogger Prolix said...

When I first came to this province, I was amazed by how generous Central Canada was towards the rest of Canada, especially over equalization payments. But, I just don't see how having 8 hospitals to service 160,000 people on PEI compared to 1 hospital per 160,000 in Ontario makes any sense. Let's just hope that Dalton has enough influence with the Federal Ontario caucus to actually make some movement on this file.


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