Payments to recipient provinces are increasing even as the gap between richer and poorer provinces shrinks.
When government gives some people the right to take things from other people, the powerful often do the taking.
Ottawa raised $280 billion more from Albertans than it spent in Alberta from 2007 to 2019.
Alberta received just $249 million in payments despite a revenue loss of $7.2 billion.
Currently, equalization payments increase in line with nominal GDP growth.
Albertans will likely vote on equalization in October.
In 2019/20, equalization comprised 21 per cent of provincial government revenue in Prince Edward Island.
Quebec reduced its debt-to-GDP ratio by 3.4 per cent.