Alberta and the great Canadian shakedown - 2019-12-20
"Basically, federal-provincial relations is a shakedown game and Alberta is learning how to play it. Maybe Kenney's getting secret advice from Premier Legault because Quebec is the champion at playing the system."
We now know the cost of Western alienation, thanks to Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews. It's $2.4-billion, give or take a couple hundred million dollars.
That's the price tag that was handed to Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau at this week's federal-provincial finance ministers' meeting, the retroactive cash that Alberta wants Ottawa to compensate it for the drop in its tax revenues five years ago when oil prices crashed.