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Our constitutional crisis [created by the sponsorship scandal] is rapidly becoming systemic: Atlantic provinces discovering new energy wealth are seeking to patriate this wealth for their own development alone. Hard-pressed Ontario is ... raising fundamental questions about its historic role in equalization. Alberta has its own concerns with equalization. Saskatchewan wants to renegotiate its deal. Strapped municipalities – many of them larger than some provinces – are asking where they fit ... Successive federal and provincial governments have compounded the problem with case-by-case improvisation.

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