The province that's home to 40 per cent of Canadians deserves the loudest voice in the debate over the country's financial "architecture," Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty suggested Tuesday as he renewed his call for a royal commission into the so-called fiscal imbalance.
"(Harper) said he didn't see that I had much support for it, and I reminded him that I had the support of 40 per cent of Canadians."
McGuinty said he raised the issue again with Harper after dinner, when the two were alone, stressing that Ontario's call for a royal commission deserved consideration despite the objections of the other premiers.
"In that kind of a dynamic, you get 14 people around the table, and you'll suddenly think that each of the 14 has got equal clout here," McGuinty said.
"And while I have the greatest respect for all my colleagues, I don't want Prime Minister Harper to lose sight of the fact that we bring a lot to the table."
Asked if he was saying Ontario was more equal than the other provinces and territories, McGuinty laughed and said, "We're more 40 per cent than the others."
The Ontario attitude still grinds my gears, even years after coming here from back East. What's best for Ontario is best for Canada--what's Ontario's is Ontario's--what's yours is negotiable. World without end, amen.
Yet the golden rule still applies: he who has the gold makes the rules. Increasingly, though, it isn't just Ontario who has it. Apparently the Leduc oil find still hasn't made headlines in Toronto, 60 years after the fact.