November 01, 2016

Wildrose Party report identifies 6 key points to achieve “Equalization Fairness”

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Wildrose Party recently released their report on the need for equalization payments to be reassessed in order to be fair for all provinces.

The new assessment won’t be completed until 2019 but the official opposition is hopeful that the NDP will take their findings into consideration leading up to those negotiations.

The equalization program allows the federal government to make payments to less wealthy, or have-not provinces, is included in the Constitution Act of 1982 and began in 1957. The formula is based solely on fiscal capacity, which is defined as the potential a province has to raise taxes from its citizens.

In order to make the equalization calculations fair, the Wildrose report aims to provide solutions to some of the issues surrounding those calculations.

Watch as I explain the six key points they identify that would improve the program.

Alberta has sent $20 to $28 billion more to Ottawa than it receives back and from 2007 to 2014, it has made a net contribution of $190B.

It’s going to be an uphill battle to get the NDP to consider some of these recommendations and for other provinces to re-evaluate, but there’s no denying the system is unfair so a revamp of the program is overdue.

As Dr. Atkins suggests, updating and modernizing fiscal arrangements in place for nearly half a century would be an important step to improving the lives of Albertans and the entire Canadian economy.

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commented 2016-11-01 23:15:15 -0400
Dwayne why are you entitled? Why is it up to Albertans to pay for it?
commented 2016-11-01 20:28:20 -0400
One anti-Alberta policy after another from the NDP and the eastern Liberals. Pipeline obstruction. Crippling carbon taxes. “Phasing out” cheap, plentiful coal.

Separation cannot be off the table…
commented 2016-11-01 20:18:13 -0400
Politics in the east will never change and separation of the western provinces should be taken seriously..
Look what Quebec got for just threatening to separate and they never had any intentions of doing so.
The whole country cheered them on as wishful thinking but I guarantee you they would shit their pants if the West started such proceedings and was serious about it.
commented 2016-11-01 19:40:41 -0400
Removed for violating rule:Be civil. No personal attacks.
commented 2016-11-01 19:00:04 -0400
We can’t separate quick enough, but alas it may not happen. If not I must admit DWAYNE HARVIE has laid out a thoughtful and well written alternative. In any event something must be done sooner rather than later, I am sick of paying day care to Quebec while Coderre gives it to us up the ass. Thanks PET for your follies, I hope we can screw junior and they can survive on Saudi oil. F*ck em all. Let the bastards freeze in the dark. We should let the friggin leeches know that those payments were only a loan, and it is time to PAY US BACK.

commented 2016-11-01 18:00:47 -0400
As a former Maritimer living (and paying taxes) in Alberta I can see where some equalization program is required. In my case I went to school and started work at beginner wages in the Maritimes, I was a net drawer of taxes. If I retired to the Maritimes I would be again a burden as my lower taxes paid would not equal the draw on services I as a senior would represent. Thus I can see some equalization requirement. Why would I rate lower gov’t services despite having paid for them back in Alberta? What the equalization program has become however, is a transfer mechanism with the rules written to benefit some provinces (read Quebec) and the Maritimes. To correct this disparity I would add a couple of points. First, to avoid the temptation of using the equalization payments as a base for more deficits. A province should have a balanced budget if payments are calculated fairly (equivalent level of services). If a province runs a deficit they have three years to erase that deficit or payments cease. Secondly if a province willingly forgoes an economic activity (say fracking) then all other provinces can deduct that activity from their incomes. We have a case where Ontario east bans fracking and western provinces allow it. If some provinces ban the practice why should they benefit from the sane activity in another jurisdiction? Thirdly if a province obstructs an economic activity of another province, the first provinces’s equalization is reduced by the revenue loss by the first province. If BC received payments and they obstructed a pipeline, then they would owe compensation to Alberta for the loss of taxes, employment etc. PM Harper missed an opportunity to address some of these iniquities in 2014 when he allowed the program to renew without addressing the problems. Summary – basic principles good, needs reform.
commented 2016-11-01 17:11:44 -0400
Alberta needs to apply the notwithstanding clause and stop all equalization payments at least until 2019 as we are in a deep recession and it is causing extreme hardship and unfair. Yes western Canada should separate. There is no advantage to not separating and economically we would be infinitely better off, not to mention numerous other benefits.
commented 2016-11-01 16:57:17 -0400
It’s a welfare program, and, like all welfare programs, some seek to take advantage. Worse still, once they get used to it, or grew up with it, they become dependent, lazy, and, like a teenager, will rail against their own (parents) while demanding the keys to the car! Like Denise Codere tripping off to the ME to do an oil deal and balk at the pipeline from Alberta. And you can bet the corrupt spoiled brat is getting a whack of dollars sent to an offshore acct. The guy’s Clintonesque!!

I’d love to see TheRebel to unearth that off-shore acct!!
commented 2016-11-01 16:29:10 -0400
i agree Maurice , we should of started the process years ago when turdo # 1 was destroying Alberta and the west but now under the muslim lunatic turdo it is more imperative than ever we separate , it needs to be soon before he and his illegal immigrant get to change our electoral reform to ensure libtards be the government forever .
commented 2016-11-01 16:18:21 -0400
Equalization payments wouldn’t be an issue if western Canada would just separate.
commented 2016-11-01 15:53:18 -0400
Here’s a suggestion that came from the last Alberta Independence party – opt out of the fed EQ program – put the saved money and a large percentage of oil royalties into an interest bearing heritage trust fund to be used in bad times.

Frig this paying to keep kleptocratic eastern governments in power by supplementing their over-spending vote buying programs
commented 2016-11-01 15:46:19 -0400
The liberals run equalization as a benefit payment to eastern socialist governments running debt and deficit budgets – Marxist wealth redistribution writ large
commented 2016-11-01 15:43:46 -0400
Yup, vote wildrose, the pcs are rotten as hell and put us in this bucket of shit in the first place.
commented 2016-11-01 15:42:50 -0400
I think priority number one is a plan to stop splitting the right of center vote in the province – either coordinated candidate placement or a coalition governing agreement.
commented 2016-11-01 15:38:03 -0400
I have a plan, fuck canada and fuck the other provinces why should we give them anything. I love the idea of a civil war, I will even bring my own guns.
commented 2016-11-01 15:02:36 -0400
Victor, I doubt separation could occur without sparking a civil war. The Lieberal leftards will not give up such a lucrative source of money without a fight.
commented 2016-11-01 14:58:09 -0400
190 billion contributed by Alberta over a 7 year period averages over 27 billion per year. I knew it was high, but did not realize it was that high.

With the sort of cash coming from Alberta the have not provinces should be groveling at Alberta’s feet instead of attacking Albertans for having the oilsands, the greatest source of that 27 billion.
commented 2016-11-01 14:52:45 -0400
Dr Akins said he couldn’t find any “good” in the current Equalization program. Here is one = it helps fuel separation of Alberta from Canada. Once Alberta leads the way to sovereignty, the remainder of Western Canada and the territories will follow creating a new nation of the Republic of Western Canada will free itself of Eastern dominance, tax abuse, and liberal PC idiot-ology. I hope to see it before I die – for my children’s and grandchildren’s sake!!