No Favouritism

According to the front page of the TJ, Stephen Harper has come out again and emphatically stated that there will be no “side deals” that show favouritism to one province or the other.

Sometimes I just think that politicians think the public is just plain stooopid.

Just about everything government does shows favouritism. Taking money from one group of Canadians to give to another is ‘favouritism’. Having the healthy subsidize the sick is a form of favouritism. Having the young subsidize the old. Having this generation subsidize the next. Using the government to ‘favour’ one group over the other is the Canadian way.

Ah, but you say. That’s not favouring one province over another.

How about the Pacific Gateway? $600 million to fund it and ‘more on the way’ while the Atlantic Gateway languishes.

How about skewing the Equalization program to favour Quebec? Favouritism at its best.

How about the divvying up of large federal contracts so that Quebec gets its above average share?

How about the fact that Ontario and Quebec got almost all the TPC money?

How about the billion for the auto sector in Ontario?

How about the billion for biofuels in western Canada?

How about the billions in tax breaks for oil sands development?

In fact, one could easily argue that playing favourites is the way things are done in Canada.

The problem here is that New Brunswick – politically – is not worth assigning “most favoured province status”. Neither is Newfoundland and Labrador or Nova Scotia.

Making Quebec the “most favoured province” is politically worth it and you can bet that strategy will be continued.

So there will be no side deal for New Brunswick. No baggage. Get on with it.

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0 Responses to No Favouritism

  1. Anonymous says:

    Quebec-bashing is always a easy way.

    Anybody talks about the fact Ottawa has supported Toronto over Montreal for the Financial hub and manufacturing jobs…

    Anyway, you should read fiscal unbalance report before posting such allegations.

  2. David Campbell says:

    Quebec bashing is always an easy way. Hmmm. It would seem the Quebec government has anonymous bloggers defending its interest?

    By 2008, Quebec’s share of Equalization goes up by $2.1 billion per year. Equalization to all have not provinces combined goes up $1.7 billion combined.

    Bashing or facting? We report, you decide.

  3. Erick Langlais says:

    Anonymous, non pas vraiment. My name is Erick and I moved here in Moncton a while back for a contract.

    The increase was for solving the fiscal unbalance between the province and the Federal.

    Don`t be afraid my friend, its the english version.

    Equalization per capita (2007-2008)

    PE : 3440 $/per capita
    NB : 1970 $/per capita
    Ma : 1440 $/per capita
    NS : 1399 $/per capita
    NF : 942 $/per capita
    Qc : 928 $/per capita

    I would like to see Qc at 0 $.

    Erick, the so-called anonymous blogger.

  4. David Campbell says:

    Erick, comment ca va? Isn’t it fun to come out of the closet? Because you are from Quebec I’d expect you to defend Quebec. I personally love Quebec. It’s a great province and I was a lifelong Montreal Expos fan. But that doesn’t change the fact that Quebec is receiving $2 billion more in Equalization while all other have nots are collectively losing money.

    If you are arguing that Equalization per Capita is the right metric, you are putting Quebec in the race to the bottom and I suspect not many Quebeckers want that. It’s embarrassing that New Brunswick’s need for Equalization has been skyrocketing. I think NB and Quebec need to work on the stuff that will get that down to zero as you say.

  5. Erick Langlais says:

    There is something quite ironic in the province, the three political parties , in a different level, would like to see more independence as well as more decentralization for the Quebec but no ones really address the equalization program problem to acheive that goal. Moreover, NB a province roughly the same size than Quebec city put on the table nothing less than a proposal to change the standing of province in the federation by the self-sufficiency task force. I do not really know the serious of this issue but the project is quite ambitious. Its embarrassing to be Quebecker in that case.

    To make a short story, the incomes are too low to finance all social programs in place ( university, day care, pregnancy Leave & parental Leave ect…ect..). Any political parties are not willing to cut in those services because the result could be a political death for whatever the party in power.

    Indirectly, I support Quebec but I am no blind, Montreal is doing well economically right now but really not at the same pace than Toronto does for increase.

    Sorry for my english skill level.