Author Topic: Reforming Canada's Equalization Program  (Read 57 times)

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Offline poochy

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Re: Reforming Canada's Equalization Program
« on: February 02, 2017, 12:46:10 pm »
Equalization of some form is good for all of us.  But, if you put everyone's money into a big pot and give more back to some than you do others doesn't that have to mean that some give more than they get out of it?  It has to be, the money isn't simply conjured out of nowhere, everyone pays federal tax and some provinces receive a greater proportion of those taxes as equalization payments than others, so those provinces benefit more and the ones who don't get equalization effectively have more money taken out of their system than the others.  The fact that it isn't a direct payment from province to province or that it starts out as a tax and gets turned into equalization doesn't mean that some don't contribute more than others when all is said and done. 

Anyway, i don't think this is a good idea for him, bold maybe, but perhaps stupid.  Perhaps the thought is he being from Quebec needs to pander to Albertans now in order to overcome the O'leary/leitch factor (christ please http://nooooooooooooooo.com/ )  to win the leadership, but in practice this will only hurt him elsewhere during an election, and it could easily be one of those promises that is never intended to be kept.