Regional subsidies, including equalization, are portrayed by many as one of the foundations of Confederation.

In this commentary, ‘Canada’s Broken Equalization Program’, AIMS Senior Fellow in Fairness in Confederation; the Ontario Perspective David McKinnon argues that they are both counterproductive and unprincipled and that Canada’s competitive position in the world and possibly its unity depend on changing them.

McKinnon addresses the myths associated with Canada’s equalization system, the consequences of these myths for Canadians and concludes by discussing the politics of actually changing the equalization system

Read the commentary here