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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk down the stairs to the House of Commons to deliver the federal budget on March 21, 2013.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk down the stairs to the House of Commons to deliver the federal budget on March 21, 2013.
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KONRAD YAKABUSKI

It’s time for Ottawa to rethink how it distributes money to the provinces

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One of the least appreciated aspects of recent federal budgets is how they will exacerbate already growing disparities in regional wealth. As a result, gaps in the quality of public services between the rich provinces and their poorer cousins risk widening dramatically in coming years.