"Will you stop giving transfer payments?"
Alberta only ever pays into the equalization system. Now, in fact, we've put over $200 billion into equalization.
Right now, Alberta is putting money into equalization, several billion dollars a year, and Quebec, for example, which has a growing economy, is receiving about $12 billion a year in equalization, primarily from Alberta, but also BC and Saskatchewan.
This just doesn't make sense that we're in a recession and are sending money to a province that is in a period of growth. That's why we need to renegotiate the equalization formula when it comes up for review in 2019. And I sure hope that our United Conservative government is in place then, so that we can head down to Ottawa with other free-enterprise Premiers and demand a fair deal. I totally agree with you that we need to fight for a fair break when it comes to equalization.