By Letter to the Editor on March 5, 2018.
There are rumblings in Alberta the Federal Equalization Formula which absolutely screws Alberta should be re-negotiated.
Currently the federal government (powered by Ontario and Quebec) collect taxes from Alberta and distributes those taxes to so-called “have-not provinces.” The only way Alberta will ever be treated fairly in Confederation is if Alberta collects its own taxes. That has to happen before any discussion on re-negotiating equalization which would have a positive outcome for Alberta.
Sound far fetched? Quebec cut the feds out, collects its own taxes and therefore has full control as to where those taxes go. I guarantee you those taxes are only spent in Quebec. Quebec has its own provincial police force, universal child care, paternity paid leave for fathers and the lowest university tuition in the country, to name a few of the benefits that Albertans can only dream of. Why? Because of the equalization arrangement, Alberta is forced to pay $16 billion each year so that certain favoured provinces can enjoy a lifestyle paid for by Albertans. Even though Alberta is actually broke and $50 billion or so in debt.
I only hope the current generation of Albertans will have more backbone than my generation.
They must insist on Alberta no longer being treated as a colony to Central Canada. Whatever it takes! Whatever the cost!
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