January 16, 2007

Fiscal Imbalance to be Solved!

Well oh my, who didn’t predict this?

Oh Gilles, time for Plan C

(there is no Plan C)

In the mean time, the Liberals have a responsibility here. They have to ensure that we don’t give up on national minimum standards. It is one thing to make sure provinces have the means to deliver services, but making them accountable is the role of the federal government, especially if it’s footing 25% of the bill.

My blogging colleague Sebastien Jodoin has written another gem on how this must be done. This guy is way, way, way smarter than I am…and it shows.

Take a look

We must also be reminded that the person who gave up many of the national minimum standards throughout the 1990s was none other than Liberal leader Stephane Dion.

Time for a change tune Stephane…it’s not too late.

7 Commentaires:

Blogger andrewridgeley a dit...

Well, the big problem is that Stéphane is yet to explicitly state that there is a fiscal imbalance. If he throws wrenches in this debate and makes the federal house look divided it will push soft-nationalist votes in the PQ's lap and hurt Jean Charest's chances of winning.

Of course, Boisclair in power is best for the Liberals in a federal election so they have little to worry about if they think André won't find suitable conditions to call a referendum.

Whether or not you believe in the fiscal imbalance, Canadians, and especially Quebecers, do. Dion has an obligation to stand with Harper on this won. If he doesn't, he'll put the PQ in power and it will be his fault.

1/17/2007 12:14 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I'm chocked (and peeved) that Gilles fell for the bullshit line Stephen fed him about fixing the fiscal imbalance by the end of October..no wait, make that November...no sorry...February Budget for sure... at rate he's going, it'll be pushed back again to March or April...!

This is the same Bobo that brought down the Liberals for much less...

Gilles ne mérite pas d'avoir perdu son bonnet de douche. Il devrait être forcé de le remettre...

1/17/2007 3:31 a.m.  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

Let's assume Harper forks over $2B to Quebec - and I'm not convinced this will ever happen given the reaction of certain Premiers to this "leak".
Does this solve a problem which has never been defined by the Conservatives or anyone else for that matter - save a PQ endorsed Seguin report.
As a Quebecker, I'll gladly take the $$ but am not stupid enough, as a Canadian, to believe that this will end the Bloc and PQ quest for sovereignty.
I'm sure Gilles and Andre are smart enough to find another way to further centralize the country.
It is a question as to whether Harper or Dion will oblige.

1/17/2007 6:28 p.m.  
Blogger Alex Plante a dit...

Simon,

Go read the report at www.councilofthefederation.ca . The fiscal imbalance is well defined. And no it wasn't written by separatists. The Council of the Federation is far from being separatists.

I also doubt that Gilles and André will find other ways to further centralize the country, it's not really in their interest.

Read Jodoin also. Really good article.

1/17/2007 7:51 p.m.  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

DEcentralize.
Thanks for the pickup Alex.

1/18/2007 1:01 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Alex - the Council of the Federation is a pretty biased group of people to declare what is or isn't a fiscal imbalance, wouldn't you think?

Chocolate cake for dinner because the children say that's the way it is. Therefore, there's chocolate cake for dinner.

1/19/2007 4:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

The leaked funding announcements are trial baloons to gauge reaction.

Expect less and some compensatory measures.

Fiscal Imbalance = Profitable Federalism = Bullshit

1/19/2007 11:38 p.m.  

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