Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall responds to Quebec calls to reopen Constitution

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has some choice words for Quebec after Premier Philippe Couillard said constitutional debate should be reopened. Sean Lerat-Stetner / Global News

Premier Brad Wall said Saskatchewan has plenty of constitutional issues it would like to discuss if Quebec wants to reopen such talks.

Wall issued a statement on Thursday in response to Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s remarks that the constitutional debate should be re-opened.

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Wall said equalization would be at the top of his agenda, calling it a “terribly flawed system” that’s based on an outdated formula.

He said it takes more than 500 million dollars out of Saskatchewan each year and gives more than 11 billion dollars to Quebec, despite the fact that Saskatchewan’s economy is being hit by low resource prices.

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Wall said the formula penalizes oil and gas-producing provinces but does not include any adjustment for those with huge hydro reserves, such as Quebec and Manitoba.


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