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Could you pass an exam on equalization?

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So, Alberta’s premier, Jason Kenney, is threatening to hold a referendum to find out if there’s support in his province to end the federal equalization program and “to assert our fight for fairness to the top of the national agenda.”

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the opposition Progressive Conservatives are also calling for a referendum on the federal program, in order to rejig the program to allow Newfoundland and Labrador to receive equalization funding. (Right now, neither Alberta nor Newfoundland and Labrador receives equalization payments. Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba are the provinces that do.)

The equalization program is meant to even out the economic playing field across the country; provinces with........

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