June 22, 2018

“Sneaky” Liberals renew flawed Equalization Program — NDP “boldly” speak up after deal is done

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

 

In a sneaky move, the Federal government just renewed the flawed Equalization program behind the backs of the provinces who foot the bill for the program that sucks money out of Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC and a couple of others and redistributes it to the east.

And despite the deep recession in the region, no changes were made to the current formula to reflect the changing economic circumstances in the West.

Even worse, the Liberals finalized the deal a full year early, leaving provinces who were just gearing up for formal talks that were expected next year, flat footed.

Saskatchewan is livid and feeling blindsided by the Feds, saying they had no idea the deal was done.

However, Alberta’s Finance Minister Joe Ceci is taking his usual clammy hands approach -- sucking up to the feds while trying to steal an idea he previously refused to support because it came from a Conservative.

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Ceci said he saw the equalization issue as one open for discussion. He said:

"It has not worked for Alberta even during the depths of our recession which started in late 2014 and continued through 2015-2016 and part of 2017"

Ceci said he'd like to see changes so Albertans can get a better deal from Equalization. Does Ceci think we’re hard of remembering?

Watch as I remind him of the times the NDP failed to act and openly mocked conservatives who have been talking about ways to work towards a better deal.

Now that it’s a done deal, Ceci thinks Equalization should be up for renegotiation?

Bold move, after the fact, from Canada’s worst finance minister. At the rate the NDP have been forced to steal UCP ideas, they might just scrap their own carbon tax by 2019.

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commented 2018-06-24 22:17:13 -0400
“Drew Wakariuk commented 20 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson the Libs are supposed to let the provinces have a say and agree to the terms. What part of that do you not get? What if the feds decide on an amount a province cannot pay? DO they borrow to send money to Quebec? And why should other provinces go with less so Quebec and the Maritimes get free stuff? What makes them so entitled? "

The funding formula’s pretty simple – in broad, but somewhat imprecise terms, if your per-capita economy’s doing well – above the national average – you are a “have”. Ontario becoming a have-not wasn’t due to a loss of its own fiscal capacity, but the Alberta boom driving up the average, and that lasted as long as the Alberta boom did, until about 2014. How they calculate GDP needs a revamp (especially in terms of Quebec/MB, which have massive hydro revenues that are excluded because the formula only includes non-renewable resource revenue), and the mulityear delay in the calculations is pretty ponderous, but generally it works.

Yes, they de-facto borrow for equalization, since equalizaiton comes out of general revenue, and the general budgets’ had a deficit more often than not.
commented 2018-06-24 20:20:34 -0400
http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/gunter-so-long-as-politicians-need-quebec-votes-equalization-wont-change

“… This year Ottawa will send almost $19 billion in equalization to six have-not governments. Of that almost $12 billion (62%) will go to Quebec. … Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C. were all given little or no warning. At least one province — Saskatchewan — had announced this week it was coming to the gathering with a thoughtful reform proposal. Swoosh! Too bad, so sad. The Trudeau government had other plans. And they didn’t involve any recommendations that might reduce the $11.732 billion Quebec is going to get by even a penny. …”
commented 2018-06-24 02:36:07 -0400
Just a small point to make on what it costs to pay for Premium Content, I do not pay $250.00 per year.
It is eight bucks a month and if you pay for a year all at once, I think you save about $16.00

If you are being charged more than the subscription fee, I suggest you contact Rebel Media immediately to sort this out.
commented 2018-06-24 02:07:31 -0400
Micheal Kelly you know who she is talking about , if anyone craps on Alberta because of Notley i cannot complain as we elected her.
commented 2018-06-24 02:06:31 -0400
Andrew Stephenson the Libs are supposed to let the provinces have a say and agree to the terms. What part of that do you not get? What if the feds decide on an amount a province cannot pay? DO they borrow to send money to Quebec? And why should other provinces go with less so Quebec and the Maritimes get free stuff? What makes them so entitled?
commented 2018-06-24 00:57:15 -0400
Sheila
I have watched your show a few times now where you pick on British Columbians. Today you called us “irritating”
The people that watch your show from BC (Like yours truly) are on your side, we bleed with you Sheila!
Quite frankly if I want to be insulted all I have to do is read the papers all around me .
I sure don’t need to pay The Rebel 250.00 a year to hear it from you!
I would suggest that the majority of the BC’ers that pay to watch you, can’t stand our government anymore that you like yours right now!
So please, could you try and keep your all encompassing BC insults to your self, because if you keep painting us all with the same Orange brush, this BC’er will be simply be tuning you out!
commented 2018-06-23 23:46:23 -0400
The current equalization formula dates from 2009. Harper’s government.

“”https://www.fraserinstitute.org/blogs/primer-equalization-canada" rel="nofollow">https://www.fraserinstitute.org/blogs/primer-equalization-canada
Ontario and Quebec together now account for nearly 70 per cent of equalization entitlements’

Ah, the danger of out-of-date information. Ontario’s been tapering off since it became a “have” again in 2016, got less than a billion this year and will get none next year.
commented 2018-06-23 21:53:16 -0400
reinforcing the fact that “governments are the servants of the people and not the reverse”.3031 Thus, within a constitutional monarchy the sovereign’s direct participation in any of these areas of governance is limited,

Is trudeau the servant of Canadian People?
commented 2018-06-23 21:34:40 -0400
As all executive authority is vested in the sovereign, their assent is required to allow for bills to become law and for letters patent and orders in council to have legal effect. While the power for these acts stems from the Canadian people through the constitutional conventions of democracy,29 executive authority remains vested in the Crown and is only entrusted by the sovereign to their government on behalf of the people, underlining the Crown’s role in safeguarding the rights, freedoms, and democratic system of government of Canadians, and reinforcing the fact that “governments are the servants of the people and not the reverse”.3031 Thus, within a constitutional monarchy the sovereign’s direct participation in any of these areas of governance is limited, with the sovereign normally exercising executive authority only on the advice of the executive committee of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, with the sovereign’s legislative and judicial responsibilities largely carried out through parliamentarians as well as judges and justices of the peace.30 The Crown today primarily functions as a guarantor of continuous and stable governance and a nonpartisan safeguard against abuse of power,34 the sovereign acting as a custodian of the Crown’s democratic powers and a representation of the “power of the people above government and political parties”.3536
commented 2018-06-23 21:26:04 -0400
reinforcing the fact that “governments are the servants of the people and not the reverse”.3031 Thus, within a constitutional monarchy the sovereign’s direct participation in any of these areas of governance is limited, with the sovereign normally exercising executive authority only on the advice of the executive committee of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada,
commented 2018-06-23 18:03:22 -0400
So long ‘Confederation of Canada’. Hello Trudeau’s totalitarian ‘post national state’. His own party isn’t even democratic any longer. He has told all Liberal MP’s that they MUST support pro-choice. When some members of his party suggested that he may be going too far with the gun control issue; he told them to just do as he says and not to question or challenge him. All bow before the dick-tater Trudeau.

Aren’t we supposed to get to vote to see if we want a change in our system of government? Isn’t that in our ’Bill of Rights? Will we even be given the opportunity to vote this traitor out next year?
commented 2018-06-23 14:47:52 -0400
Ontario and Quebec have always believed that Alberta is colony of eastern Canada, to be treated like garbage and bled dry, and as long as you’re willing to put up with it, you deserve it.
commented 2018-06-23 13:41:54 -0400
Lieberals buying votes in the east……………………………..
commented 2018-06-23 09:37:13 -0400
Bravo.
Thanks for that.

When Trump turned on Trudeau and accused him of being weak and dishonest, I believe it was because of something Trudeau and Trump had discussed in private, then Trudeau used Trump’s absence (he left for Singapore) to sneakly change his position. Subsequently Trump went ballistic on Twitter.

Trudeau sneaks through another 5 years of equalization knowing full well Sask Premier Moe is lawyering up and Jason Kenney wants to open equalization up for discussion. Smokin’ Joe from Alberta now wants to ‘discuss equalization’ next week in Ottawa. How rich is that?

There is a trend of end runs and sneakeness with Trudeau. Remember when Trudeau and Climate Barbie did an end run on the Prov. Premiers when the Federally imposed Carbon Tax was announced by Trudeau?

Ontario and Quebec receives around 70% redistribution of other Provinces earnings. Ont. and Que. make up 60% of Canada’s population while Ab. and Sask. together make up 14%
Let that sink in!

A bit off topic, maybe Trudeau’s groping affair (reporter) 18 years ago may grow some legs. Don’t hold your breath.

And always remember. If you voted for this Islamist Fake Feminist Marxist you are responsible.
commented 2018-06-23 06:26:18 -0400
If I was the premier of Alberta I would refuse – out right – to pay.

I would refuse as well to even go to court when the fagboy went that route.

I would also refuse to take any islamics that are coming in.

And I might even put border crossing check points up on all the highways at the border – and start using them.

I would definitely require aircraft to have prior permission to land at Edmonton and Calgary.

And finally – I would not be too worried about the federal military response to this – most military guys and gals I know will not lift a finger to do anything except help the west in this matter – they HATE the lieberals and they DETEST the fagboy prime minister and his islamic cabinet.

In fact the Canadian military of today is for the most part quite disgusted with Canada as a whole as well as most Canadians – and would likely sit back and watch – and perhaps even support those who went against the government.
commented 2018-06-23 02:51:47 -0400
We Manitoba Moose could use some more equalization payment money. We are poor from blowing money on the Winnipeg Jets street parties.
commented 2018-06-23 02:14:54 -0400
I prefer to call Justin a Dictater as it suits his insulting nickname the Chinese gave him.
commented 2018-06-23 02:14:20 -0400
Daryl Herman got that right, these are the actions of a Dictator. I can hardly wait to hear the BS spin on this one.
commented 2018-06-23 01:36:41 -0400
Ronald Voss commented
“Who created this socialist wealth distribution scheme?”

According to Wikipedia: A formal system of equalization payments was first introduced in 1957. In 1967 the system was redesigned to work with every government revenue scheme with the exception of energy.

Liberal Lester B. Pearson was the PM in 1967
Then Pierre Trudeau 1968 – 1979, 1980 – 1984

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/blogs/primer-equalization-canada
Ontario and Quebec together now account for nearly 70 per cent of equalization entitlements

http://torontosun.com/2012/08/17/quebec-proves-that-not-all-is-equal-in-canadas-equalization-payment-program/wcm/9d9cb543-b30a-49e1-bfd4-8b6417a274f8
commented 2018-06-23 01:15:52 -0400
Canada claims itself to be a Democracy?? Well let’s get the facts straight – Canada is a dictatorship & dictatorships always bring on a REVOLUTION! Let’s get it on!!
commented 2018-06-23 01:11:53 -0400
The TruDopes, PeeAir & JustIn are Bolshevik POS and as is common knowledge Bolsheviks have a very short life expectancy rate. Here’s hoping Butts, TruDope and that doped up Climate Barbie all run into an IED at our earliest convenience.
commented 2018-06-22 22:19:39 -0400
SO OPEN AND TRANSPARENT LMAO!
commented 2018-06-22 21:15:49 -0400
Every year Prime Minister Doofus has shown up in Calgary at Stampede time , either as PM or Opposition Leader and then BS’s about he loves Alberta and Albertans.
I’m willing to take bets that that amoeba ( gutless,spineless,brainless) will have his Office call and say that because of previous commitments he won’t be able to come to Stampede this year. For Kent Hehr it will spare him the embarrassing task of sitting behind him and then taking more flak from his constituents about what a total unethical moron his boss is and why Hehr better bone up his legalize as a practicing lawyer because he is definitely going to be kicked to the curb next election.
I’m thinking of going to a vet and getting an old euthanized dog and running him in the next election. I’m sure it will get more votes than Hehr.
commented 2018-06-22 20:02:31 -0400
Who created this socialist wealth distribution scheme?