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OTTAWA – A federal-provincial gathering of finance ministers reached rare consensus Monday on the polarizing subject of Canada Pension Plan reform – they agreed to keep debating it. 567 more words
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wants cuts to the federal equalization program, suggesting some of the have-not provinces are getting too much money that could be better spent elsewhere. 651 more words
The federal government quietly renewed its equalization formula — which is used to calculate payments to those provincial governments that are deemed to be below par, in terms of their ability to raise revenues at comparable tax rates — in the 2014-15 budget, with surprisingly little fanfare. 882 more words
To many observers, Canada’s equalization system — with its side deals, federal unilateralism and complex formulas — is broken. Major reform is long overdue.
But for proponents of reform, the new provisions to the Fiscal Arrangements Act that took effect earlier this year marked yet another disappointment. 911 more words
The federal equalization program is intended to reduce the differences in fiscal capacity across provinces, so that Canadians living in a province with a small or slowly growing tax base can have adequate health care, education and other public services at tax rates comparable to those in other provinces. 597 more words