Curious, innit? Ontario, which for decades has fed the national equalization machine now takes an economic hit, becomes a "have not" and just in time to see the federal Tories rejig the deal in a way that'll slash Ontario's due.
As Ivison reports in today's National Spot, under Flaherty's 2007 reform, Ontario should have been in line for about a billion in equalization benefits. Under Flaherty's 2008, 'election safely in the bag' reform, Ontario will be cutback to something in the range of 200-300 million instead.
That's Harper and Flaherty's thank you note to all those naive Ontario voters, their way of saying, "You play ball with us and we'll stick the bat straight up your ass." Quebec is apparently in for its own unique form of proctological retaliation from the Harpies for denying our Furious Leader his rightful majority government.
This year's lineup of "have" provinces comprises B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. You Libs should think about that when you shortlist your leadership candidates to Ontarians and Quebecers. Curious, innit?