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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A Part-Time, Do-It-Yourself Job Market

Statistics Canada reported that employment grew by 22,000 in November. But 20,000 of those new jobs were part-time. The proportion of all Canadian jobs that are part-time rose to an even 19%. Broken down another way, 19,000 of the employment increase were people reporting themselves as self-employed. Canadian employers actually…
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