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Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa speaks to media in Chelsea, Que., on Dec. 16, 2013.
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa speaks to media in Chelsea, Que., on Dec. 16, 2013.
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Secret document sheds new light on transfer feud between Ottawa and Ontario

The scene would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Ontario, once a province firmly entrenched among the “have” provinces of Confederation, found itself reacting in fury to the recent news that its equalization transfers would be cut.

There was no sympathy from Jim Flaherty. The federal finance minister first made his name in politics as a Queen’s Park Tory and his wife, Christine Elliott, is now deputy leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative opposition. Mr. Flaherty has been a consistent critic of the Ontario Liberal government on economic files.