January 15, 2007

Separatists Make Environment a Unity Issue

So Gilles Duceppe and Andre Boisclair have decided that Quebec must separate because we don’t have to worry about meeting Kyoto targets and there would be no fiscal imbalance because those problems would go away with a sovereigntist win.

Wow, where do I start with that?

Firstly, the fiscal imbalance accounts for about 1 billion dollars for Quebec (and that is assuming we take Gilles’ own numbers)

Quebec receives 5.5 billion dollars from equalization alone, which would vanish under a sovereign regime. That puts us 4.5 billion in the hole. Quebec City would have to raise taxes to makeup that gap.

The environment…a unity issue?

Technically, if we didn’t have an oilpatch, we would be in line with Kyoto targets. But if we didn’t have an oilpatch, we wouldn’t have 5.5 billion dollars in equalization payments from Ottawa either.

The Bloc is fishing for reasons to vote for them…the pond is drying up quick.

Does the Bloc have nothing left in the arsenal?

Just as I suspected, desperation is in the air…come on Jean…Drop the Writ!

5 Commentaires:

Blogger Manitoba Liberal a dit...

From that -4.5 billion you also have to add in the costs of giving citizens of an independent Quebec all the services that the Federal Government currently provides, plus things like military forces, a share of the national debt, the cost of a new currency and so on and so on and so on.

I have to agree when I saw Boscliar talking about the environment yesterday that it looked like he was running out of things to campaign on. Charest has a oppurtunty, let's hope he can make the best of it.

1/15/2007 4:35 p.m.  
Blogger cat mutant a dit...

wow, they really are desperate and running scared. i'm really looking fwd to the tory budget... it might bring the decisive blow to the separatist cause.

1/15/2007 7:45 p.m.  
Blogger Alex Plante a dit...

Ne croyez pas ces méchants fédéralistes.

Dans un Québec indépendant, l'argent poussera dans les arbres. On ne voudra même plus se pencher pour ramasser les vingt dollars qui vont traîner par terre.

François Legault l'a dit. On va être riche.

Pour l'environnement, les autos vont marcher au gazon broyé.

Quant à l'armée, on n'a pas à s'en faire. Ils seront pacifistes et n'auront pas besoin d'équipement, ils vont distribuer des marguerites.

Alex ;-)

1/15/2007 10:36 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

The oilpatch does not account for as much as you say there is. A large increase has come from Ontario where previously idling coal plants have had to make up for nuclear shutdowns.

I wonder, since Quebec already produces most of its power from hydro, where its internal 6% reduction would come from if it were independent?

The fiscal hole you talk about is correct. It is one of the reasons people outside Quebec don't see how Quebec is getting a raw deal.

1/16/2007 12:16 a.m.  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

The big announcement was that the 2 parties would assist each other in the upcoming fed and prov elections. Surprise surprise! As for the enviro Boisclair knows this is a big issue for Quebec voters. Unfortunately for him Charest looks pretty good on this issue once Harper forks over 300 million.

1/16/2007 5:34 a.m.  

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