Provinces demand changes to fiscal stabilization program — here’s what that means

After pushing the federal government to amend the formula for equalization payments — which give money to some provinces but not others — premiers upset with the formula shifted focus to changing the fiscal stabilization program on Monday. Premiers of…

Braid: Quebec offers surprise olive branch to Alberta

While the federal Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has been making inflammatory comments about Alberta, the province’s finance minister offered an olive branch in a recent op-ed. ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY / ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY Unexpected relief from post-election funk comes…

COMMENTARY: The Kenney-Blanchet feud is ultimately nothing more than a distraction

Albertans are in a rather ornery mood these days, so it should come as no surprise that Alberta’s premier might be up for a fight. In fact, Jason Kenney’s willingness to fight was a big reason he was elected premier…

Jason Kenney says Francois Legault has shaky grasp of history when it comes to equalization

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shot back at his Quebec counterpart Monday, saying Francois Legault does not understand the history of equalization. On Sunday, Legault defended equalization against criticism from Alberta, saying the program was part of the “original deal” when…

Quebec not impressed with Alberta Premier-designate Jason Kenney’s pipeline plea

Quebec isn’t impressed with Alberta’s new Premier-designate Jason Kenney calling on the province — and its premier, François Legault — to help the western province develop its natural resources. “It’s important to remember that half of the petrol we get in…

Danielle Smith: Derek Fildebrandt’s Freedom Conservative Party says fix Canada or Alberta will vote to go it alone

It was only a matter of time before the threats of Alberta separation found a political outlet — and now they have. On Thursday, Derek Fildebrandt’s Freedom Conservative Party launched an “Equality or Independence” campaign, which is just as it…

Quebec boycott? Albertans threaten to stop buying products amid pipeline spat

A war of words between Alberta and Quebec over pipelines is now threatening to spill over into a boycott of products. Tensions began last week, when newly minted Quebec Premier François Legault said at a First Ministers’ meeting in Montreal that…

Equalization payments prompt criticism as Ontario becomes ‘have’ province

For the first time in a decade Ontario will not receive an equalization transfer from Ottawa, prompting the province’s finance minister to join calls for the federal government to review how the program is set up. Canada’s finance ministers are…