Federal economic and monetary updates demonstrate there’s lots of room to expand public services for working Canadians

After many years of “serial disappointment” and concerns about secular stagnation, Canada’s economy is finally growing at a solid pace, as Finance Minister Morneau and the Bank of Canada Governor Poloz underlined in the recent Fall Economic Statement and Monetary Policy Report. This has led to higher revenues, lower deficits,…
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The Alternative Federal Budget 2017

This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) was released on March 9. I was proud to be the primary author of its housing chapter (that chapter is available in English here and in French here). The first AFB exercise began in 1994, with the first AFB being published in 1995. That involved a joint effort between…
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Alternative Federal Budget 2016: It’s time to move on

The following remarks are excerpted from the 2016 Alternative Federal Budget press conference, featuring Kate McInturff, David Macdonald and Peter Bleyer (March 10th, Parliament Hill).  Budgets may appear to be dry, technical financial documents. In fact budgets are the product of values and they contain some of the most important choices…
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Government wants your input on the TPP

Canada’s parliamentary standing committee on trade will be travelling the country to get regional perspectives on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “to assess the extent to which the agreement, once implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians,” according to a press release. The committee, which normally only leaves Ottawa for…
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