Authors » F.L. Ted Morton

Dr. F.L. (Ted) Morton is a former Alberta Finance Minister and Energy Minister. Currently he is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and the Manning Foundation.

    Articles by F.L. Ted Morton

  • Equilization payments c2cjournal ted morton quebec canada

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    Next year Canada’s 61-year-old Federal Equalization Program will be up for renewal, again. This will coincide with an election in Alberta, and current polls strongly suggest it will result in the election of a new United Conservative government. With Ottawa ratcheting up carbon taxes and regulation on the province’s besieged energy sector, UCP leader Jason Kenney is promising a referendum on Equalization, part of the Federal wealth redistribution system that hoovers tens of billions of dollars a year out of Alberta to subsidize “have-not” provinces, mainly Quebec and the Maritimes. As a primer for this looming battle, Ted Morton reviews a new book about Equalization and exposes its sordid history, political purposes and pernicious effects. These were effectively summarized by Senator Keith Davey, Chairman of the Liberals’ 1980 election campaign: “Screw the West, we’ll take the rest.”