David MacKinnon

Fixing the Unsustainable Atlantic Bubble

Fixing the Unsustainable Atlantic Bubble

A month ago, the Chronicle Herald published an article in which I argued that the Atlantic Canada economy is unsustainable and that the region has become a major burden on Canada. The starkest evidence of that is that other Canadians are obliged to contribute $6,400...

Atlantic Canada Must Reinvent Itself

Atlantic Canada Must Reinvent Itself

For many years, there has been debate about equalization and other transfer programs and their impact on Atlantic Canada and other regions. Much of this discussion has been technical and difficult to follow.  The debate has also been misleading because it focused on...

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Time to Rethink Federal Transfers System

Time to Rethink Federal Transfers System

It is time for a fundamental course change by Atlantic Canadians respecting equalization and other regional subsidies. We’ve had a half-century of remarkably large subsidies to Quebec and Atlantic Canada, recently amounting to several thousand dollars per citizen per...

Regional Subsidies in Canada

Regional Subsidies in Canada

Equalization and many other subsidies provided to Canadian regions are one of the most widely discussed but least understood aspects of our national life.  They are widely discussed because the funding devoted to these subsidies is large and their political impact...

The Equalization Debate

The Equalization Debate

In recent days, readers of the Guardian have read very different articles on equalization, one by Premier Wade MacLauchlan and one by me. This is healthy. One hopes that the debate continues. It is important to be factual as we go forward. For example, Mr. MacLauchlan...

Equalization Hurts Every Canadian

Equalization Hurts Every Canadian

The controversies that have erupted over equalization in recent days must seem tiresome to many Canadians. Our national debates on equalization have been marked by conflict, obscure technical jargon, little research on the impact of the program, excessive vitriol and...