One day after declaring a new era in federal-provincial harmony, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was beseiged Tuesday by angry governments and voters in five provinces that claimed to have been shafted by the federal budget.
And there was rising resentment in the aggrieved provinces that they were shortchanged in order to pay for a sweetheart deal for Quebec, the biggest beneficiary of federal largesse in Monday's budget.
Budget's are about themes. Flaherty wanted this budget to be about "families". In one respect Flaherty achieved his goal, but many of the siblings aren't impressed. Daddy has a favourite.