Wildrose leader Brian Jean says the Alberta government needs to carve out the province’s position on equalization before the next round of federal provincial negotiations in 2018. Jean will introduce a motion in the legislature to study equalization fairness.
Earlier this year, the Wildrose Caucus presented an independent report that found between 2007 and 2014, Albertans sent $190 billion more in taxes and other payments to Ottawa than they received back in transfers or services.
Jean argues the current equalization system “is not truly helping any regions of Canada in the long-term and is obviously unfair to Albertans, especially now when we are struggling.”
Jean says with provinces like Saskatchewan also looking to make reforms to the equalization system, it’s important that Alberta immediately “acts to create a united front with like-minded provinces” before the next round of negotiations.
LISTEN BELOW: Wildrose leader Brian Jean on why Alberta needs a plan at the equalization negotiation table