Nova Scotia's Premier Rodney MacDonald wants all the province's MPs to vote against the federal budget that alters his province's deal on offshore resources.
In addition, the Conservative would like the Senate to hold up passage of the 2007 budget.
MacDonald said Sunday that a letter from federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty published in a Nova Scotia newspaper prompted his move.
Flaherty said in the letter that the government is not making any side deals on the Atlantic Accord just to win a few votes.
"It became clear that he was determined to undermine these efforts and undermine our good faith discussions. Mr. Flaherty has turned his back on Nova Scotians, and our quiet talks are about to get a whole lot louder," MacDonald said.
Atlantic Accord, Hansard June 7, 2007Mr. Bill Casey (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, Ind.):Mr. Speaker, I am glad the Minister of Finance brought up the equalization payments. Every day he stands in the House and says that Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador can have the new formula and the old accord, but that is not accurate.
I know the minister will want to be accurate. I would like him to acknowledge his own amendments to the Atlantic accord, the 12 paragraphs of amendments in sections 80, 81 and 82 that amend it and the 6 paragraphs that amend the John Hamm agreement of 2005.
I would like the minister to acknowledge his own five amendments and refer to this from now on as the amended Atlantic accord.
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