Equal­iza­tion pay­ment ‘scam’ needs over­haul

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

Ob­vi­ously trou­ble­some for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s sus­tain­abil­ity all these years is that our elected coun­cil­lors, MLAs and MPs con­tinue to ig­nore the eco­nomic down­ward com­pound­ing ef­fect of the bla­tant po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion in­volv­ing the fed­eral equal­iza­tion pay­ments.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment pro­vides ap­prox­i­mately 25 per cent of each yearly equal­iza­tion pay­ments (ap­prox­i­mately $1.7 bil­lion) be­cause of the fis­cal de­fi­ciency of our many eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to raise suf­fi­cient rev­enue from their tax base to pro­vide for com­pa­ra­ble pub­lic ser­vices at the na­tional stan­dard.

Coun­cil­lors, MLAs and MPs have been made aware of this fact, yet do not at­tempt to rally the tax­pay­ers’ sup­port in de­mand­ing an­swers as to why the money pro­vided by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is not dis­trib­uted to the af­fected mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as cal­cu­lated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Why?

A pro­vin­cial elec­tion cam­paign is now in progress. The ques­tion is: Will any of the can­di­dates claim­ing they want to rep­re­sent con­stituents ex­pose this un­fair po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion by both the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments? Or will many Nova Sco­tians con­tinue to be dis­en­fran­chised from their con­sti­tu­tional and fed­er­ally cal­cu­lated and pro­vided share of equal­iza­tion monies?

The ques­tion for vot­ers is: Are you go­ing to hold the cur­rent pro­vin­cial in­cum­bents ac­count­able for their si­lence on the equal­iza­tion pay­ments scam?

If not, what eco­nomic mir­a­cle do you see com­ing to this mu­nic­i­pal­ity that will re­verse its de­cline? Charles W. Samp­son Syd­ney Forks

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