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Officially a 'have-not,' Ontario receives funding boost

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Swimming in red ink

CP Video - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 5:33 EST

The Conservative government dove for economic and political cover Tuesday with a federal budget that submerges Canada in a sea of red ink after more than a decade of clear fiscal sailing

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — The Ontario government is a winner among provinces, grabbing a share of the equalization pie for the first time and reaping extra millions thanks to tweaks in the Canada Health Transfer formula.

The 2009 budget officially brings Ontario into the ranks of the six “have-not” provinces, due in large part to the province's ailing manufacturing sector.

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