Harper promises Quebec bigger voice on world stage, more autonomy
Updated at 16:51 on December 19, 2005, EST.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, sitting next to captain Jim Adams in the cockpit of his campaign plane, gives a thumbs-up in Ottawa Monday, prior to his departure to Quebec City. (CP/Tom Hanson)
Audio:: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper
OTTAWA (CP) - The Conservatives are courting Quebec with the promise of more autonomy at home and a bigger voice abroad, hoping more intimate relations with the province will lead to electoral bliss.
Leader Stephen Harper said Monday that he would go further than the Liberals and allow Quebec to play a role in international institutions, such as UNESCO, when its cultural responsibilities are at stake.
And he said a Tory government would correct the so-called fiscal imbalance between Ottawa and the provinces - a key gripe of Quebec, which feels it doesn't get its fair share of cash from federal coffers.
Paul Martin blew a tire in Saskatchewan as he tried to pump up his party's chances in the Prairie province by talking up the equalization system.
He also said he'd be glad to talk with Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert about an energy accord that would allow the provinces to keep a bigger share of oil and gas revenues without equalization payments being affected.
So the libs want to give money to the west and the cons want to give money to the east.
Maybe they read this forum :lol: