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Saskatchewan 2013 Budget: Balanced Growth or Fiscal Myopia?

March 20th, 2013 · · Saskatchewan

While Finance Minister Ken Krawetz characterized today’s provincial budget as an example of “balanced growth,” and NDP Finance critic Trent Wotherspoon likened it to a “credit card budget,” perhaps the best metaphor to explain today’s fiscal decisions would be “paradox of plenty.”

What the hell is that you say? Well, the “paradox of plenty” or “resource curse” has usually been used to describe our petroleum-endowed neighbor to the west, but today’s budget – while seemingly pedestrian – should force us to ask ourselves if we are not suffering under the same fiscal delusions as our Alberta cousins.

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2012 Québec Budget: timidity and omissions

March 23rd, 2012 · · Quebec

On March 20th, Québec’s Finance Minister, Raymond Bachand, tabled his third budget. This budget year follows in the wake of those of the last few years. The government is still insisting on transforming public service funding in accordance with the user-fee revolution logic (so dear to Mr. Bachand’s heart), developing the Plan Nord, and reforming the pension plan.

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