Stephen Harper is touring the country, handing out money for greenhouse gas emission, as part of the ecoTrust initiative. Yesterday, Alberta received 156 million, prior to that Quebec received 350 million, Ontario 586 million. It would appear the government is offering the money as a function of population. If the goal is too reduce greenhouse gases, then Alberta is getting the relative shaft. The following chart should be the guide, in deciding allocation:
Alberta should get 450 million, while Quebec should receive around 180 million. In other words, a region that has disporportionate emissions, should receive a higher share of the funding. Contributions based on population is the easy way out, but it isn't necessarily the best course. Is the concern vote potential or real reductions?
Everyone acknowledges Alberta's "special" needs. What better way for the federal government to show Albertans that the entire country wants to help than a substantial investment? Given the challenges, the amount of money offered is inadequate, especially when compared to what was offered Quebec. Imagine if the Liberals cut the pie in such a way?