Fairness Alberta is calling for a rebate after a recent poll suggested most Canadians believe equalization payments are too high.
The poll, released Friday, says 53 per cent of Canadians, including 54 per cent in Ontario and 56 per cent in British Columbia, believe equalization payments are too high given the narrowing wealth gap between provinces since 2015.
In the Prairies, where Alberta is having a fall referendum on equalization, 74 per cent thought the payments were unfair.
“The $20 billion-and-growing price tag for Equalization is totally unnecessary and unaffordable given how much more equal provinces have become since 2015,” said Fairness Alberta Executive Director Dr. Bill Bewick.
“When you factor in higher costs in places like Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, it is unfair to take so much from them to fund other provinces’ budgets. Ontario, Newfoundland, and the West deserve a rebate while this is sorted out.”
Fairness Alberta is a non-partisan and non-separatist association aiming to increase awareness across the country about Albertans’ disproportionate contributions to Canada.