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Children play in their classroom at the Friends of Don Bosco Daycare in Rivière des Prairies, Que.
Children play in their classroom at the Friends of Don Bosco Daycare in Rivière des Prairies, Que.
(CHRISTINNE MUSCHI FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Quebec is not the poor cousin but a model for how federalism works

The runup to the recent Quebec election prompted a revival of the argument that only federal transfers keep that fiscally-challenged province afloat. For example, Mark Milke of the Fraser Institute argued in the National Post that Quebec is “massively subsidized by the rest of Canada.”

This argument is hugely overdone. And it contradicts a more effective and positive argument for federalism, namely that it has been no barrier to the construction of a distinctive and progressive social model in Quebec.