The three Maritime provinces rely more heavily on federal transfers than any other province.
The gap between richer and poorer provinces has been shrinking.
Ontario and Quebec now receive approximately 70 per cent of all equalization payments.
During 10-year period, major federal transfers to Ontario rose from $10.9 billion to $20.4 billion—an increase of 87.8 per cent.
In a recent drive from Saint John to St. Andrews, New Brunswick, I marvelled at the mostly four-lane highway that connected the two points on the map and how empty it was on a Friday evening on a long weekend. I compared it with much of the TransCanada highway in British Columbia, four-laned in portions where it should be six, and often only two-laned where it should be four, as well as to the regularly packed four-lane highway between Edmonton and Calgary.