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Ontario finance minister wants transfer-funding help in federal budget

Federal budget to be presented Tuesday

Sousa writes that the transition funding, which Ottawa says was a temporary measure ending this year, should be included in Ottawa's budget, which is due out Tuesday.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has accused the Tories of balancing their books on the backs of Ontarians by cutting the amount of federal dollars returned to the province.

Federal officials have said the amounts are adjusted year-to-year based on a province's economic strength, and that Ontario's share in 2014 has changed because its economy improved relative to other "have-not" provinces.

But Sousa's letter says the province needs a "reliable and consistent" source of funding for projects such as the Ring of Fire.

"Ontario has always been, and continues to be, a net contributor to the federation. At a minimum, Ontario hopes to see the transition funding in your next budget to ensure fairness for Ontario families", Sousa's letter states.

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  1. Mark posted on 02/09/2014 09:24 PM
    Shut up Souza. You only have your job as a result of corruption. You are illegitimate and you have no right to speak for Ontario. So again, shut your pie hole. You and your band of incompetent Libronic idiots are disgusting.

    You sir, cost this province a cool billion. Nothing you can say or do will ever make up for that.
  2. Only Common Sense posted on 02/10/2014 06:45 AM
    Ontario has been screwed yearly by the federal government in terms of transfer payments by every Harper / Flaherty budget.

    Minister Sousa is correct.
  3. john posted on 02/10/2014 01:38 PM
    bich please this is all builshit . it should not be the feds fault if this province cant balance the books . thay give blame thay should look themselves in the morror .
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