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Walaa Amin, her brother Mohamed Amin, sister Hana Amin and mother Maha Amin, left to right, celebrate their Canadian citizenship at a ceremony at the legislature in Halifax on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.
Walaa Amin, her brother Mohamed Amin, sister Hana Amin and mother Maha Amin, left to right, celebrate their Canadian citizenship at a ceremony at the legislature in Halifax on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.
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‘Unseen equalization’ among provinces far from equal: study

We know that Canada’s system of federal equalization payments to the provinces is, in a sense, inherently unfair. The whole point of equalization is to help out the provincial governments with greater economic need, at the expense of the provinces with the strongest economies and finances. The “haves” support the “have nots.” Some provinces are paying more than they get back in return, but we do it in the name of one big, happy national family.