It is important for all of Canada to be strong, and Saskatchewan has certainly relied on equalization in the past. I believe the equalization formula needs to be reviewed because there are unfair exemptions, such as hydroelectric power not being considered to be a natural resource.
It is time the Federal Government reviews the formula and ensures all provinces have equality. Saskatchewan has paid considerably over the last number of years based on the wealth of our resources. We also benefited greatly over the last decade and recognize that it is our responsibility to help ‘have not’ provinces, yet there has been a recent downturn in commodity prices and Saskatchewan continues to pay.