Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Premier Williams has a Hissy Fit

Newfoundland Danny Williams had a hissy fit today and stormed out of the First Ministers' meeting on equalization payments. the Premiers had been discussing a new plan for transfering money for the "haves" (Alberta and Ontario) to the "have nots" (everyone else). Newfoundland has the weakest economy in Canada, largely due to the destruction of the cod stock in the 90s. Since then Newfoundland's unemployment rate has been around 20%.

The dispute appears to be over Newfoundland's oil and gas income and how much they will receive in transfer payments given that income. The Prime Minister offered a deal where Newfoundland would keep all its energy revenue but it would include a cap that would prevent Newfoundland from surpassing the per capita tax revenue of Ontario. Mr. Martin insists that the deal is better than what Premier Williams has already agreed to.

Mr. Williams countered by storming out of the conference like a small child. Perhaps one day the leader of Canada's youngest province will learn that you attract more bees with honey than with vinegar. Mr. Williams is in a series of discussions that will see his povince given a fortune and he is complaining. It's time for our youngest Province to grow up.

4 Comments:

Blogger Caurus said...

Newfoundland has received hand outs for decades. Now they want special treatment. They need to stop whinning and take what the others are generous enough to give them.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you talking about? Martin's actions are no different than Trudeau and his NEP nonsense. Liberals always steal money from the provinces to make their bottom line look better.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

Of course the Liberals are trying to steal money. The only way they got a surplus was by cutting transfer payments to the provinces.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Marina974 said...

I'm kind of sick of my tax dollars going to support Newfoundland. Now they want all their gs money plus tons of transfer money? They want to go from the poorest to the richest province on our backs?

4:42 PM  

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