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Policymakers must recognize shrinking gap between rich and poor provinces
The fiscal capacity gap between the richest and poorest province has shrunk from $11,350 per person to an estimated $3,754.

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As anyone who has ever watched puppies tussle over a bone knows, nothing will lead to acrimony quicker than competition for an object everyone wants. Keep the puppy image in mind. Replace it with provincial governments, many of whom now have a stake in the federal transfer program, equalization.