Yawn, another story about a Maritime politician miffed at Stephen Harper.
No one seems to have said it, so I’ll say it. The way to solve the controversy over calculating equalization payments is to eliminate equalization altogether.
Instead of challenging the Pee Wee Herman politicians of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and elsewhere to take him to court, Stephen Harper should instead remind them of their culture of defeatism, a term he used years before he tried fishing in their waters for votes. He should tell them that the Canadian taxpayers, mostly Albertans, are sick and tired of paying for their pork barrel politics. Grow up and get a life.
UPDATE: Jonathan Kay illuminates the wonky thinking of NS Premier Rodney MacDonald:
Bizarrely, both N.S. and Newfoundland claim that Harper’s approach is ripping them off. In a recent letter, Nova Scotia premier Rodney MacDonald explained his logic:
“Suppose you are an employee in a company and you achieve a bonus from your boss. You take that bonus and put all of it against your mortgage. Two years later the company is doing better so the boss gives everyone a raise. But he gives you a choice between your old salary with the bonus you got two years ago or the raise. But the catch is that if you take the raise you have to pay back the bonus you got. Is that fair?”
Uh, Rodney, I think the answer to that question is “yes.”