The legislative resolution, not the referendum, will trigger the duty to negotiate.
Alberta ran a $3.1 billion deficit in 2012/13—when oil prices were over US$80 per barrel.
Quebec slammed the door on the resurrection of the Energy East pipeline.
The two biggest automatic stabilizers from Ottawa are income taxes and employment insurance payments.
Successive governments have increased spending faster than the rate of economic growth or inflation-plus-population.
Equalization makes for a handy scapegoat, but successive Alberta governments have no one to blame but themselves for the province’s fiscal problems.
Jason Kenney, leadership candidate for Alberta’s United Conservative Party, called for reform to Canada’s equalization program.
The gap between richer and poorer provinces has been shrinking.