Two independent Canadian public policy groups don’t have much good to say about equalization grants. The Fraser Institute and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies says the grants act as a disincentive for the development of natural resources in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. AIMS Director of Research Ben Eisen says equalization makes it easier for “political actors” to turn their backs on developing natural resources, even though they’re a potential source of jobs, revenue, and economic growth.

*This article appeared on on 15 December 2014