The Montreal Gazette recently published two articles that got my attention by their unusual perspective.
First article. On april 19th, Janet Bagnall writes about our 7$ daycare program. The program, she writes, « doesn’t cost Quebec, the federal government or any other province a dime. It is fully self-sufficient, bringing in more money than it costs in subsidies ».
Luc Godbout, professor of economics at the Université de Sherbrooke, is quoted saying : “We tax ourselves at a rate several percentage points higher. If other provinces want the same public services, they can pay for them by raising their taxes.”
If find interesting that Ms Bagnall, referring to Québec’s daycare program, uses the term « OUR » subsidized system.
On april 25th,
Michael Holden, senior economist at the Canada West Foundation, writes an article aiming at setting the record staight about Alberta paying for Québec’s social programs.
He writes : « It is […] untrue that equalization allows Quebec to afford services that are impossibly generous for Alberta. The equalization formula tells us that the Alberta government could collect twice as much revenue as Quebec (including its equalization payments) if both provinces had identical tax rates. In other words, Alberta could easily afford tuition rates lower than those in Quebec, and plenty more besides, if it was willing to pay for them. »
If find these two articles interesting because they take side with Québec. The way I see things, if Québec suffers from inequities of the federal system, anglo quebeckers also suffer along with the whole Québec population. Language debate aside, the economic interests of anglos and francos are the same. When a part of our income taxes finances Ontario automobile industry instead of forestry, it hurts everyone in Québec, francos, allos and anglos.
If find interesting to see The Gazette publishing two articles addressing conflictual economic issues from a Québec perspective.