Improving Fiscal Fairness in Canada
Alberta Transfer meter
Albertans sent $324 billion more to the rest of Canada than was spent in Alberta from 2000-2019 (Stats Canada 36-10-0450-01)
Albertans’ Net Contributions
Fairness Alberta’s mandate is to inform Canadians about the magnitude of the contributions Albertans make to Canada, while educating Canadians about the damaging fiscal, trade, energy, procurement, and infrastructure policies that chronically undermine Alberta’s – and Canada’s – potential.
EDMONTON, AB March 29, 2021 – Today, Fairness Alberta launched a social media campaign showing that Canada needs Alberta’s economy productive again to recover from this
Bill Bewick: Robbing Ontario and the West to pay for the rest — exposing the unfairness of equalization
Check out Bill Bewick’s Opinion piece in the National Post. Read the full story Originally posted: Feb 24th 2021
Bill appeared on Alberta Primetime again, this time to discuss Equalization rebates and the upcoming referendum.
About the ATM
The Alberta Transfer Meter (ATM) shows the staggering total of transfers that have gone from Albertans’ federal taxes and EI premiums to other provinces from the beginning of 2000 to the end of 2019.
In other words, over 20 years Albertans sent a net $79,870 per person to Ottawa that was spent in other provinces, or $319,480 for a family of four.
In 2018 alone, during the midst of an economic downturn made much worse by policies, signals, and other decisions made by the Federal and other provincial governments, that family of four contributed a net $16,917 to Ottawa that did not come back to Alberta.
It is clear that Albertans make a disproportionate contribution to the federal government and the transfers that it sends to other provincial governments to provide health care, social services, infrastructure, and other spending. To give some perspective on the other side of the equation, the net transfers from Albertans over the last two decades meant a benefit of $41,801 per family outside Alberta. That’s an incredible sum that they received in federal and provincial spending that they did not have to pay for through taxes or debt.
It is also clear that the Federal government, as well as some provincial counterparts, are pursuing policies and making decisions that are not only costing Albertans jobs and livelihoods in Alberta today, but also damaging investor confidence in Alberta so thoroughly that it jeopardizes our children and grandchildren’s prospects at financial security.
Fairness Alberta will improve Canadians’ understanding of how Alberta’s success improves their communities, and how our federal government puts numerous barriers in the way of Alberta’s future prosperity.
As someone who grew up and was educated in Ottawa and then came to Alberta for a successful career, I believe I owe it to this province to support Fairness Alberta.
As a proud Canadian and Albertan, it is time for my country to know that as our economy struggles we are feeling more and more mistreated by the rest of Canada - our relationship is in dire need of repair.
President & CEO Junior Achievement, North Alberta
Myself, and the people I've brought into the organization, are individuals from every political ideology. Regardless of right or left wing leanings, each one of us is interested in the economic well-being of future generations of Albertans.
Emmy® Award Winning Filmmaker
It's important we have an organization that will help Ottawa realize that it's necessary to ensure a fair deal for Alberta. It takes a prosperous Alberta for Canada to succceed.
Chair of the Board, Piikani Investment Corporation
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