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The Reform of Equalization Payments

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  • Dan Usher

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A reasonable and fair interpretation of the mandate for equalization payments in Section 36(2) of the Canadian Constitution would differ from the present equalization formula in these respects: (a) transfers to the poorer provinces would be financed by transfers from the richer provinces rather than from the federal government; (b) entitlement to equalization payments would depend on provincial income rather than on a tax-by-tax comparison of the provinces' many tax bases; (c) for this comparison, provincial income would include revenue accruing directly to the provincial governments as well as the private income of residents of the pr ovince; and (d) compensation would be made for the exemption of provincial resource revenue from federal income tax. The most pronounced effect of these proposals would be to transfer the greater burden of equalization payments from Ontario to Alberta which is now, by far, the richest province.

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Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

Volume (Year): 33 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 337-366

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Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:33:y:2007:i:3:p:337-366

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  1. Thomas J. Courchene & David A. Beavis, 1973. "Federal-Provincial Tax Equalization: An Evaluation," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 6(4), pages 483-502, November.
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  1. David Albouy, 2010. "Evaluating the Efficiency and Equity of Federal Fiscal Equalization," NBER Working Papers 16144, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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