In 2019, equalization represented 15.5 per cent of provincial revenue in Nova Scotia.
The legislative resolution, not the referendum, will trigger the duty to negotiate.
The equalization program will cost nearly $20 billion this year.
Alberta ran a $3.1 billion deficit in 2012/13—when oil prices were over US$80 per barrel.
Jason Kenney, leadership candidate for Alberta’s United Conservative Party, called for reform to Canada’s equalization program.