Monday, March 19, 2007

Fixing Health Care for a Generation

"The long, tiring, unproductive era of bickering between the provincial and federal governments is over."

-Jim Flaherty


Uh-huh. Glad we finally got that problem solved. More bold proclamations from Canada's Finance Minister:

Mr. Flaherty said the budget should "end the bickering" between provinces over the issue [of equalization].

"The day of governments with their hands out to other governments has passed."

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10 Comments:

  • Fixing health care for a generation

    Uh,didn't Paul tell you ,it's done,priority # 244.Dion seemed to think mission accomplished as his priority # 1 is green,or thats what I think he said.

    By Blogger greyburr, at 8:42 PM  

  • Well, wasn't that interesting. Got no GST cut but with 4 children got a handful to donate to the Libs/Greens. Very interesting. It's one of those all spin budgets: winners and losers will be determined by how MSM decides to report it. Wow! How Liberal, took Chretien's RESP to a new level too.

    MississaugaPeter

    By Blogger Peter, at 8:52 PM  

  • i think the GST cut was last budget

    By Blogger Fred :), at 10:15 PM  

  • If you read what Premier's Danny Williams, Lorne Calvert and BC Small Business and revenue Minister Rick Thorpe said about this crappy budget, i'd say that "the long, tiring, unproductive era of bickering between the provincial and federal governments" has been mightily renewed.

    It's tough to imagine how Flaherty could have screwed up any more.

    By Blogger Saladgirl1, at 10:46 PM  

  • I don't know how anyone can possibly say that this budget is the end of federal-provincial bickering. Quebec is not the only province in this federation.

    By Blogger KC, at 10:48 PM  

  • Nope. Saskatchewan is already bitching again (and rightfully so IMHO)

    By Blogger Giant Political Mouse, at 12:31 AM  

  • Harper and Flaherty put equalization back on a rules based system, and fixed the gross unfairness towards Alberta and Ontario in restoring full per capita transfers to the have provinces.

    They should be given credit for this, after Martin's adhoc system and side deals on doling out transfers and equalization had sowed the seeds for national disunity.

    It will be impossible for Quebec sovereignists to argue that a fiscal imbalance exists if the equalization system is based on a 10-province standard and includes non-renewal resource revenues.

    The Martin formula for equalization was whim-based and totally arbitrary.

    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 12:36 AM  

  • fred :),

    I was referring to the 2nd 1 percent GST drop. The Conservatives promised during the last federal election a 2% cut in GST in their first mandate. We got 1% last year and were given the impression the other 1% was coming this year. Flaherty said it will happen before 2010.

    MississaugaPeter

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