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Statement made on 29 January 2009 by Senator Catherine Callbeck

Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:

My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

In 2007, Prince Edward Island and other provinces felt that they had a firm deal with the federal government in regard to equalization. That deal changed with the tabling of the budget. In fact, my province stands to lose approximately $87 million over the next five years because of this change.

Why is the government reneging on its equalization commitment outlined in Budget 2007 where it promised funding predictability and stability?

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