Harper's Conservatives SCREW Saskatchewan - Brad Wall Tries To Spin This As 'Lovemaking'
In 2004, the Conservatives promised:
“The Conservative Party of Canada will alter the equalization program to remove all non-renewable resources from the formula, as well as move the program to a ten-province standard.”
Conservative Party Platform 2004 ('Demanding Better')
And again in 2006, Saskatchewan received the following promise:
“A Conservative government will also revisit the equalization formula. We will move towards a ten-province standard that excludes non-renewable resource revenues from the equalization formula, and do so in a manner that ensures no provinces receiving equalization will receive less money during the transition to the new formula than the current formula provides.”
Conservative Party Platform 2006 ('Standing Up For Canada')
So ... was there anything remotely related to this promise in the 2008 Federal Conservative Budget? NO!
HARPER AND THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE CONSCIOUSLY DECIDED TO BREAK THIS PROMISE TO SASKATCHEWAN.
SINCE MANITOBA AND QUEBEC DO NOT INCLUDE THEIR NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCES IN THE FORMULA, AN INEQUITY EXISTS IN CONFEDERATION!
Under the former New Democratic government of Saskatchewan, Ottawa was being challenged in the courts to repair this inequity. However, with the recent change of provincial government, the right wing Saskatchewan Party administration dropped the court challenge and have placed their lips in close proximity to Harper's butt. There is no other way of looking at it.
-Budget leaves Wall in a no-win situation
-Background on Saskatchewan's 'Equalization Battle' with the Federal Conservatives