While I would applaud attempts to bring a dose of reality to believers in the "fiscal imbalance", I find it unfortunate that Martin had to resort to untruths to do it. The Gazette quotes him as saying:
But it's not true.
The equalization payments that Quebec receives are being paid by all taxpayers across Canada, even those in have-not provinces. By my estimation, Quebec residents and corporations pay 20.6% of the nationwide cost of equalization.
My earlier article didn't include per captia numbers, so I'll post them here. The net inflow/outflow of equalization for fiscal year 2004-05, per capita, works out to something like this:
(Which is all based on some assumptions and estimations explained in the original post.)
All in all however, if your heart is really set on sovereignty, $257 per person per year probably isn't such a big deal. (Not that that is the only argument against it.)