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Remember that part about permanent peace between the provinces and the feds, Mr Flaherty?

I do seem to recall that Jim Flaherty saying that with this Budget, that provincial-federal griping over the fiscal imbalance would be gone for good…

Ah yes, Dan reminded us what Flaherty said:

“The long, tiring, unproductive era of bickering between the provincial and federal governments is over.”

(The Budget should)”end the bickering” between provinces over the issue [of equalization]”.

“The day of governments with their hands out to other governments has passed.”

Grand stuff, and grand statements. And what should appear today in the paper? Why, according to Ontario, the Budget is unfair to them:

McGuinty isn’t happy that Ontario won’t see the same per capita funding as other provinces for health care until 2014. McGuinty said Tuesday that “justice delayed is justice denied” and vowed to keep fighting for fairness for Ontarians when it comes to health funding. Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara, who tables his own budget Thursday, estimates Ontario is short-changed $900 million a year in federal health transfers.

What else? Oh, and this:

Several provinces have cried foul over the plan, including Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Yup, definitely looks like “Peace In Our Time”.

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