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What are the implications to the Canadian federation as Ontarios relationship with it continues to change It is difficult to argue that Ontario remains the same and has the same political goals and aspirations as it has historically And in light of a newer and more ambitious province some may even belief radical changes such as greater decentralization provincial coordination and a larger more important role for Ontario is soon to come But despite speculation and the general consensus that Ontario is entering a new era of political dominance it remains that in all likelihood the only change that will occur will be that of a richer and greedier Ontario Courchene and Telmer examine the changing relationship between Ontario and the federal government and point out various fiscal trends and tendencies by Ottawa that discriminate against Ontario which leads them to believe that certain changes to Canadian federalism are inevitable Their argument can be breakdown as follows They state that the federal government have implemented fiscal policies that have discriminated against Ontario due to Ottawas overt concerns for regional accommodations thereby tainting the understanding that the federal government is a neutral entity Courchene and Telmer 1998 259 Therefore Ontarios frustration with the federal government accumulated and in combination with Ontarios growing economic needs a new trend towards greater powers for the provinces emerged which Ontario began to actively pursue and support ie National Securities Commission proposal of ACCESS model Courchene and Telmer 1998 261 262 265 And with a stronger politically and economically independent Ontario on the horizon Courchene and Telmer suggest that the future would seem to point in the direction that the Canadian federation will become revitalized and that greater provincial co-ordination and decentralization is a certainty Courchene and Telmer 1998 259 261 The Cameron and Simeon reading addresses the political changes that have taken place that challenge Ontarios dominance thereby forcing them to reconsider their position within the federation Their strongest arguments
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