While these proposed reforms will be seen as very scary by our cautious ruling political class, they must still be seen for what they are. We need to look at the tweaks purportedly being considered as more patches on a very patched up and dysfunctional transfer payment system.
Huge equalization transfers allows Manitoba to travel a path of un-green energy policy.
At first glance, the idea of privatizing HydroQuébec has obvious appeal. On second thought, maybe not so much.
The Biden administration’s quick cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit came as no surprise. It was a marker for his party’s climate progressives who fervently believe that conventional hydrocarbons are warming the planet, bringing on a “climate emergency” requiring …
Those who argue that the Canadian federation exhibits plenty of fiscal and program biases against Prairie Canadians will likely see further evidence to that effect, with the most recent study published by the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS). …
A quirk in the equalization formula allows Quebec (and Manitoba) to massively subsidize their local markets without penalty. Effectively, Quebec’s massive dam infrastructure is being subsidized by equalization of which a major wealth generator and contributor to equalization is the Oil Sands.
That is for Manitobans to decide—are we content to remain a supplicant society, or are we determined to become a more vibrant one, with a new dynamism, pluralism and vitality?
You have to be out there. You have to explain what you believe in and I think people are intelligent. If you have a good idea and it is based on facts and you can explain it, I think people will understand and they will vote for you.
Taxes have their place—but there are plenty of harmful unintended consequences when imposed improperly.