Comment 77347

By Frank Lee (anonymous) | Posted May 26, 2012 at 16:06:54

Billions in equalization payments seem to make the Quebec dream a reality and possibly put the lie to talk of separation. If the province had to look after itself, the picture would change considerably. (This may be part of the reason why there is such a stark difference in post-secondary tuition between Ontario and Quebec.)

The same might be said of Hamilton. As good-paying manufacturing jobs have evaporated in recent decades, the city's economy has become increasingly reliant on public sector job creation in sectors like health care and education, two areas that dominate the local economy and also where control resides with other levels of government.

Now Ontario is wading into battle with teachers and doctors because politicians have woken up to the fact that the current model is unsustainable.

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