MEDIA ADVISORY - Equalization: Time for a Better Approach

CALGARY, Jan. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Current arrangements for federal transfers to the provinces will expire on March 31, 2014. Yes, it's time to revisit the formula for equalization. This central component of fiscal federalism has spurred plenty of debate over the years. For example, some question whether the program penalizes productive provinces and rewards those that are unproductive.

Canada' equalization program will be the focus of an upcoming conference hosted by The School of Public Policy. The event is open to media and will feature prominent fiscal policy experts as they debate some of the options for revamping equalization so new arrangements are in place on April 1st.

What:

 

Equalization conference

 

When:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Conference sessions and discussion

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Keynote speech from Don Drummond

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Conference sessions and discussion

 

Where:

Delta Bow Valley
209 4th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB

 

SOURCE The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

For further information: or to set up an interview, media should contact: Morten Paulsen, 403.399.3377, morten@paulsengroup.ca