Monday, January 22, 2007

Equalization Debate

I have no clue what Stephen Harper is thinking lately. Saskatchewan is one of the two Conservative bases where they always get most of their seats, and now they're going to risk that. It's kind of like gambling, isn't it? Harper takes some of his salary (base) and wants to grow it, so he decides to throw away some of that salary in order to get more (Québec). But I guess I can't really blame him, the Conservatives are down in the Québec polls, and unless Harper does something that will please Québec very much, he will loose a lot of his seats.

Personally, seeing finance isn't really my thing, it is not the biggest deal for me whether he sides with Québec or Saskatchewan. But what does really matter to me is that he promised that non-renewable resources would be out of the spectrum, and now (like so many other promises), it is going down the drain.

For those of you who live in Saskatchewan, you may recall getting one or two small mailings about why non-renewable resources should not be included in equalization, and you would have also seen how much the Sask. government is pushing this, the Sask. government obviously being NDP. I've been wondering why Jack Layton has never really brought up equalization, and I'm sure that others are thinking the same. My guess is the following: NDP wants Saskatchewan and Québec. But, if I were Jack Layton, I would openly side with Lorne Calvert. While I really do want to see a Québec NDP MP, it is far more likely that there will be a Sask. NDP MP sooner.

The NDP is gaining ground in Sask. due to the Wheat Board, so why not add to this growth?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan is getting a raw deal from the feds. Why does Saskatchewan have to be punished for developing their resources?

me said...

Here, here!!! other provinces have resources, but renewable. why should sk be punished based on its location?

Anonymous said...

Ok all you Socialists, why not wait until the Fed. budget comes down...a form letter from the Fed. Dept. of inance comes out and Losser Lorne jumps at the chance to make hay with it..The NDP have done nothing for the people in Sask. they just blame everyone else for their short comings...