This graphic is a little different than what we usualy see. The height of each rectangle represents the amount of equalization per capita that each province gets. One notices that PEI receives 2372$ per capita and that New-Brusnwick receives 1982$.
Now, the width of each rectangle represents the population of each province, one sees that the population of PEI is obviously far less than Ontario’s.
So, one understands that the surface of each rectangle represents the total amount of equalization payment received by each province (equalization per capita multiplied by population).
It is generaly understood that Québec receives the largest amount of equalization payments because its economy is inefficient, it is referred to as a sinkhole.
Now, an interesting question : if, let’s say, New-Brunswick had the same population as Québec (its rectangle would then have the same width), what total amount of equalization payment would it get (what would be the surface of its rectangle)?
If Québec economy is a sinkhole, what does it tell of the PEI, New-Brusnwick, Nova-Scotia and Manitoba’s economy?
(If interested in some economic discussions, please take a look at What would we do without equalization payment?.)
Up date (November 27th, 2011)
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