The three Maritime provinces rely more heavily on federal transfers than any other province.
Between 2004 and 2014, Alberta created more than 350,000 jobs.
The federal government will send $21.1 billion to Ontario this year.
Since the recession, Queen’s Park has failed to take meaningful action to reform and reduce program spending.
Ontario and Quebec now receive approximately 70 per cent of all equalization payments.
In Ontario, federal transfers increased by 87.8 per cent over 10-year period.
Provincial cries for more federal money are as old as Confederation, and rarely have any substance to them.
In a year when two heavyweight provinces, Ontario and Alberta, which together constitute 55 per cent of Canada’s GDP, are running substantial deficits, there are three ways to reduce the red ink.