Taxpayers Federation delivers over 16,000 petition signatures to fight unfair equalization program
CALGARY, AB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation delivered more than 16,000 petition signatures from Albertans who are calling on the Alberta government to do everything in its power to fight the unfair equalization program.
MLA Matt Jones received the CTF’s petition signatures on behalf of the Alberta government.
“Alberta has been by far the biggest contributing province to Canada in recent decades, and a huge engine for jobs and economic growth. We aren’t asking for a special deal. We’re just asking for a fair deal. And our government will do everything within our power to get it,” said Jones.
Since equalization was created in 1957, Alberta has received 0.02 per cent of all payments, the last of which was in the fiscal year 1964-65. Through the federal transfer system which includes equalization, Alberta taxpayers have paid out more than $600 billion more in federal taxes since 1961 than Albertans have received in spending.
The United Conservatives promised to hold a referendum on removing equalization from the Constitution Act “if substantial progress is not made on construction of a coastal pipeline, and if Trudeau’s Bill C-69 is not repealed,” according to the party’s election platform.
As explained by former Alberta finance minister Ted Morton, the Supreme Court of Canada has declared that a provincial referendum on a proposed amendment to the Constitution that results in a clear majority on a clear question would require the federal government to negotiate the issue.
“Alberta taxpayers are tired of being the cash cow for politicians in other provinces who want to road block our development,” said Franco Terrazzano, Alberta Director for the CTF. “We’re calling on Premier Jason Kenney and the United Conservatives to do everything in their power to stand up for Albertans and take on the unfair equalization program.”
You can find the CTF’s online petition here.