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article imageOntario Premier wades into Canada election, wants equal treatment

By Andrew Moran     Apr 5, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has gotten himself involved in the Canadian federal election campaign trail. McGuinty demanded that the federal government provide equal treatment to Ontario by subsidizing the province's electricity infrastructure.
The Canadian federal election campaign is in its 12th day and party leaders are promising favours to provinces across the country if they vote for him or her. But two provincial premiers are demanding fairness for all provinces and territories from Ottawa.
According to the Globe and Mail, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised a $4.2 billion loan for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Lower Churchill hydro project. Meanwhile, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff pledged to the province of Quebec to help build a new hockey arena.
Are the politicians buying votes in key provinces? Are the party leaders currying favours? Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Quebec Premier Jean Charest think so.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Courtesy Conservative Party of Canada
The province of Ontario is establishing a 20-year long-term energy project that will cost an estimated $87 billion, including $27 billion for renewable energy, $33 billion for new nuclear reactors and $9 billion on new transmission lines.
McGuinty suggested Monday during a press conference that the federal leaders extend the same form gratitude as other provinces, such as Newfoundland and Labrador, are receiving, according to the National Post.
“So when Prime Minister Harper pledges specific aid to another part of Canada for a specific multi-billion project, Ontarians should understand that 40 per cent of the federal government’s money comes directly from Ontarians,” said McGuinty, reports CBC News. “When it comes to support from the federal government for energy projects Ontario is looking for equal treatment.”
Jean Charest
Jean Charest former Premier of Quebec
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However, McGuinty did not say exactly how much he wants from the federal government, but he noted that he will come forward with his concerns to all of the federal party leaders. McGuinty just wants to see Ontario get “its fair share.”
“We'll wait and see what the numbers translate into,” said McGuinty. “What I'm saying is what's good for the goose is good for the gander.”
The Ontario Premier’s comments come a few days after Quebec Premier Jean Charest criticized the Conservative Party’s pledge, which he labelled as electioneering, reports CTV News.
“Quebec developed its network by itself,” said Charest Friday. “Hydro-Quebec financed its operations by itself, including the interconnections with our neighbour.”
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