The high cost of eliminating the deficit

Canada’s federal government ran a deficit for nearly thirty years – from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. Successive Conservative and Liberal governments delivered programs, implemented economic and fiscal policies, and ran the country, without balancing the budget. The sky did not fall. The fabric of Canadian society did…
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Missing In Action: Federal Budget 2014

Here’s the first section of the budget summary and analysis I’ve prepared for CUPE. The full version is on-line on CUPE’s website together with our press release . Missing In Action: Federal Budget 2014  CUPE Federal Budget 2014 Summary and Response   Conservatives ignore pressing economic needs with a Do-little budget…
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Les priorités fédérales 2014 : chars, nucléaire et ski-doo

Après un autre 14 G$ de compressions budgétaires, nous voici de retour à l’équilibre budgétaire. Bien-sûr, si vous questionnez Jim Flaherty, le ministre des Finances, il répliquera au contraire qu’il lui faut toujours résorber un déficit de 0,1% du PIB avant d’y parvenir. Mais lorsqu’un déficit est aussi petit, il…
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Canada’s Job Market: Slower, Lower, Weaker

The following commentary on yesterday’s job numbers is quoted in today’s National Post (page FP4): The Olympic motto may be “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” but Canada’s employment growth is slower, lower and weaker going into the winter games. Of the 29,000 Canadians who supposedly gained employment in January, 28,000 reported being…
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