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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No free feminist lunch, Mr. Prime Minister

Viola Desmond, 1914-1965. A civil rights icon in Canada, she inspired people to fight racial discrimination.   Source: Women on Canadian Bank Notes, change.org Prime Minister Trudeau declared himself a feminist on the global stage this week. I applaud him. He appointed a gender equal cabinet. An important symbolic gesture. Because it…
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Pop-up tax boutique: the home reno tax credit

The first major election promise from the federal Conservatives: a permanent home renovation tax credit. On the surface this looks like an astute manoeuvre, given that home renovation has been booming in recent years. Canadian Press called the proposed credit a “big budget campaign promise,” but on closer inspection it is pretty…
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Lost and found: What budget language says about government priorities

There’s already a ton of good analysis around the 2015 Federal Budget. Critics’ consensus? This budget is short-sighted, misleading and full of vote-buying measures that do little to address Canada’s real challenges. The policies and measures contained in the budget say a lot about the current government’s priorities—budgets always do….
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