An extremely interesting paragraph from the Calgary Herald’s reporter James Wood on last night’s ‘debate’ between Wildrose Alliance leader Danielle Smith and former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff on the topic of provincial equalization payments:
Briefing notes obtained by Postmedia suggest the federal Conservative government is considering substantial changes, possibly including recalculating how hydroelectricity production and the associated economic benefits are factored into equalization (see here)
Talk about huge national news but it flies in the face of the finance ministry’s official line:
I am writing to reiterate the Department of Finance’s comment yesterday, which somehow didn’t make it into your rather lengthy piece on equalization, that the alleged changes to the equalization referenced have no basis in fact. (see here)
I’ve asked Wood if he will be offering up these “briefing notes” as proof and will update if I hear back.
h/t Norman Spector
Update: Postmedia has sent me a link to their earlier story (see here)