Posted July 14th, 2008 by Murray Wood
So, this is interesting. Stephane Dion has outlined what he claims he would do on a carbon tax, if he’s elected and it has triggered a prairie hail-storm of outrage. You’re hearing a lot about how much money it might take away from Saskatchewan. And fair enough, because it might.
Stephen Harper on the other hand, broke a clear promise to let Saskatchewan keep it’s non-renewable resource revenue out of the equalization formula and it’s been remarkably quiet from many of those so apoplectic over Dion.
Now, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has bowed to pressure from Harper to drop a lawsuit over equalization ( a lawsuit he first suggested while in opposition) and you aren’t hearing much noise about that either. The explanation is that we’re doing much better by negotiating for federal money for projects. My question remains….is that money we wouldn’t have received anyway? And to those who equate questioning this to whining or seeking welfare, I’m still wondering why Manitoba and Quebec get to exclude their completely renewable hydro-electricity revenue and no one says boo as they rake in billions each year in equalization.
Contrast that to Nova Scotia, where unlike Saskatchewan’s well trained Tories, MP Bill Casey broke ranks over a similar broken promise. On the weekend, Nova Scotia got 870 million dollars as part of a deal with the federal government.
In Halifax, the headlines declare “Nova Scotia Has Won The Offshore War.” In Saskatchewan, we surrendered before the battle began. We’re walking away from what would have been 850 million dollars this year alone. Instead we’ll take our chances negotiating each year with Ottawa.
Now remind me…why is everyone so upset about what Stephane Dion might do, instead of what Stephen Harper has already done?
Amen, Murray. Amen.