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March 19, 2007 20:34 ET

Prime Minister Harper Writes Premier Patrick Binns on Plan to Restore Fiscal Balance in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 19, 2007) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today wrote Premier Patrick Binns to outline the benefits for Prince Edward Island in the fiscal balance plan set out in Budget 2007.

The plan announced today is based on national principles, while treating each province fairly and meeting the government's commitments.

Prime Minister Harper's letter highlighted the following issues:

- Prince Edward Island will benefit from an Equalization formula based on a ten-province standard.

- Prince Edward Island will also benefit from our formula for allocating infrastructure transfers. This provides all jurisdictions with floor funding of $25 million per year, in recognition of the particular challenges facing provinces and territories with smaller populations.

Prime Minister Harper concluded that "our plan delivers important benefits to the people of Prince Edward Island, both now and in the future."

A copy of the letter is available on CCNMatthews' Web Site at the following address:

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