Ontario will receive $347 million in equalization payments next year, the first time it has ever been a recipient of funds since the system was introduced in 1957. Until this point it has been the only province to have never received equalization payments.
Perennial have-not province Newfoundland is now flush with oil cash, and will not receive payments in FY 2009. Thank you Newfies, for finally stepping up to the plate.
Now the big question is, how can we get some kind of 6-month seasonal EI gravy train started in Ontario? And who will be our annoying Danny Williams stunt double?