Thursday, January 29, 2009

Harper and McGuinty on the same page - at last

It's taken four prime ministers and an equal number of premiers but finally there's a sense someone is listening.

The federal budget goes a long way to meeting Ontario's long-standing complaint that it isn't treated fairly within Confederation. Indeed, Premier Dalton McGuinty yesterday dropped the usual dour face he shows when discussing federal-provincial relations and admitted that "we are making some real progress."

The website devoted to Mr. McGuinty's "fairness" campaign against Ottawa remains largely intact, but most of its major points were rendered moot by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

Ontario officials estimated last night that the province will receive as much as $18-billion of the $40-billion federal spending over the next two years.

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