I’ve always been an egalitarian at heart, in that I think that as long as everybody has enough to go around, people should be able to share their wealth without really thinking too hard about it.
I don’t expect provinces who have more to bankrupt themselves in order to pay other provinces, but the whole point of the equalization payments are that some provinces happen to have a lot of natural resources which are valuable, while others don’t.
The only question that this proposition leaves me is how much equalization payments actually are currently, information which isn’t given in the question. Another piece of info that’s missing from the question is what these equalization payments actually go towards, which is pretty important context I think a lot of people lack when thinking about these payments and their importance to the provinces which receive them.
Provinces like Alberta with their oil and gas deposits aren’t wealthier because of their wild business savvy and economic acumen, it’s because of those resources that Alberta is richer, and I believe Canada and Canadians should have access to that richness too.
Summary: There’s a lot of info missing about the amounts of equalization payments going to provinces, and what this money is actually used for. This would be very helpful to put the question in context, and to decide whether voters in a given province think they should continue (and increase or decrease).
Table of Contents
- Making the CBC Vote Compass even better
- Proposition 1: First-time home buyers (FTHBs)
- Proposition 2: Handguns
- Proposition 3: Child Care
- Proposition 4: Health Care
- Proposition 5: Basic Income
- Proposition 6: Quebec Separatism
- Proposition 7: Unions
- Proposition 8: Climate Change
- Proposition 9: Reconciliation
- Proposition 10: Quebec Separatism (2)
- Proposition 11: Equalization Payments
- Proposition 12: Trans Pronoun Rights
- Proposition 13: Corporate Taxes
- Proposition 14: Abortion Services
- Proposition 15: Supervised Injection Sites
- Proposition 16: Oil and Gas Subsidies
- Proposition 17: Asylum Claims
- Proposition 18: Defecit Reduction
- Proposition 19: Immigration
- Proposition 20: Military Spending
- Proposition 21: Single-Use Plastics
- Proposition 22: Employment Insurance
- Proposition 23: Violence Against Indigenous Women
- Proposition 24: Wealth Tax
- Proposition 25: Gender-Balanced Cabinet
- Proposition 26: Pharmacare
- Proposition 27: Monarchy
- Proposition 28: Foreign Policy on Human Rights
- Proposition 29: Carbon Tax
- Proposition 30: Religious Minorities
- Propositions 31 & 32 (QOTD): Religious Symbols Ban
- Ways to Improve the CBC Vote Compass (Conclusion)