But Mr. Williams' sweetheart deal with Ottawa is grandfathered. By any measure, this is not a province that is getting "shafted," to use the Premier's indecorous phrase. In fact, other Canadians, particularly Ontarians, might ask why they are subsidizing a province that has more ability to raise its own-source revenues than they do.
If Mr. Williams is not simply a mad dog -- and the evidence is, he is far more clever than the bellicose figure he cuts on television -- why is he foaming about a revamped equalization formula that probably won't apply to his province for the next 13 years?
It will come as no surprise to learn that Mr. Williams is facing an election this October. The Premier is already at 73% in the polls and seems intent on matching Saddam Hussein's record of 100% of the vote in 2002. Beating up on the provincial Liberals is seen as kicking sand in the face of a 98-pound weakling, so Mr. Williams has targeted an adversary who allows him to play the aggrieved party.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
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