Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Klein's $400 boondoggle

Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today that there was no room in Ontario's budget for tax cuts amid deficits and other economic challenges.

The fiscal imbalance wouldn't be such a pressing issue if Ontario enjoyed the same cash windfalls as other provinces, McGuinty suggested.

"Alberta has oil and gas, we don't; Newfoundland is going to have more oil and gas, and we won't," he said. "We don't have an option."

But, that doesn't matter to Brantford, Ontario resident, Brian Clegg. Alberta's Ralph Klein is making sure Mr. Clegg doesn't freeze in the dark.

... he opened an envelope at his home and pulled out a $400 Alberta prosperity cheque with his name and address on it.

The 43-year-old Brantford resident said he has never lived or worked in Alberta a day in his life.

Everyone check your mailboxes! It appears the residency requirement for an Alberta prosperity cheque isn't all that stringent. And if you happen to live in Washington, Texas or New Hampshire, and you get a cheque, it's still good. Just remember it's only worth US$350.80.

Mr. Clegg says he isn't going to cash the cheque, but would like to keep it as a memento. I have a better idea. Cash the damned thing and keep the money as a memento.

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