The minister has made the
point quite clear, Mr. Chairman, in the chart on page 3850 of Hansard-a portion of it, at any rate-where it says:
No stabilization will be due under the amended rate on the basis of 1957-58 figures.
That is in relation to British Columbia. I also have the report of the dominion-provincial conference at Ottawa dated November 25 and 26, 1957. I am interested in a table on page 63 of this report and, on comparing this particular table with the chart on page 3850 of Hansard, I have found some very interesting facts. Possibly the minister would comment on this matter in so far as discrepancies seem to exist.
The figures are practically identical but there is in this chart, as prepared by the government of British Columbia, item 10, which reads as follows:
Estimated present rental payments.
These figures are based on the population and they compare with similar figures in the chart on page 3850 of Hansard. The interesting point in this instance is that in Newfoundland the estimated figure is $16,537,000 and the increase as proposed in the 13-9-50 ratio would be $9,186,000, which is somewhat better than 50 per cent. In the case of Prince Edward Island the estimated present rental payments are $4,136,000 and the increase is $2,500,000, which would be somewhat better than 50 per cent. In comparing the figures I find pretty well the same thing applies in the cases of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
When we come to Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, I find in the comparison of these figures that they are going to receive just under a 10 per cent
increase as compared with the present estimated rental payments. I find Quebec receiving $184,708,000 and the increase is to be $18,859,000, which is better than 10 per cent. In the case of Ontario they are receiving $224,755,000 estimated, and the estimated increase will be $22,315,000, which is somewhat better than 10 per cent. However, when we come to British Columbia we find that the present estimated rental payments are $58,983,000 and they are to receive an increase of $2,842,000, which would work out to about a 4.8 per cent increase.
In view of the fact that British Columbia is now to be denied the stabilization fund that it has received up to the present time, it would seem to me that it puts that province out of line with the ratio of the increase given to the others.
Topic: DOMINION-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS MEASURE TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO ATLANTIC PROVINCES, ETC.