Albertans Vote to Scrap Equalization

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney walks distant  aft  holding a property   league  successful  Edmonton connected  Sept. 21, 2021.  (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson)

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney walks distant aft holding a property league successful Edmonton connected Sept. 21, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson)

Over 60 percent of Albertans voted to region the rule of equalization from the Constitution.

The results of the Oct. 18 poll, held successful conjunction with municipal and schoolhouse committee elections crossed the province, were released connected Oct. 26.

A 2nd referendum question connected keeping the daylight clip year-round failed by a tiny margin, 49.9 percent to 50.1 percent.

Equalization

The referendum to region equalization, an predetermination committedness by Jason Kenney’s UCP government, received support from 62 percent of voters.

There has been long-standing grievance successful Alberta against the redistribution of wealthiness to different provinces nether the scheme, arsenic contributions from energy-rich Alberta marque up a sizeable information of the outgo to different provinces. The rocking lipid prices successful caller years person besides built up the increasing opposition.

To determine which provinces tin person an equalization payment, Ottawa measures each province’s quality to rise taxation revenues and compares that quality to different provinces. If a state lacks the quality to rise capable taxation revenues to supply a tenable level of nationalist work compared to different provinces, the provincial authorities volition person an equalization outgo from the national government.

Kenney has said that the referendum ballot per se does not springiness the state the powerfulness to unilaterally region the rule from the Constitution, but it does springiness Alberta much leverage to get others connected committee to region it.

“A yes ballot connected the rule of equalization does not automatically alteration equalization, it doesn’t region it from the Constitution. We cannot bash that unilaterally,” Kenney said successful July.

“What it does is to elevate Alberta’s combat for fairness to the apical of the nationalist agenda, successful a sense, it takes a leafage retired of Quebec’s playbook,” Kenney said

Adding the referendum to the municipal predetermination was Kenney’s UCP predetermination committedness successful 2019.

With files from The Canadian Press

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is an Epoch Times newsman based successful Toronto.