CBC: The Do’s and Don’ts of Consultation

On May 5th, CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix spoke at the Canadian Club of Montreal to present CBC’s financial situation. The speech was meant to expose the impact of the federal government’s cuts on the public broadcaster, but especially to discuss the new reality brought on by the…
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Quebec’s Budget: Setting the Table for Either a Combative Government in the Face of a Catastrophe or Breathing a Sigh of Relief

The day following his election as Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard ordered a report on the state of the province’s public finances from Luc Godbout and Claude Montmarquette, two economists who have advocated for tax cuts and fee hikes in recent years. This unusual procedure led to the usual conclusion,…
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Unfortunate outcome to a disappointing campaign

The province of Quebec now has a new government. On April 7th, in a majority of ridings, the population chose to elect a representative of the Liberal Party of Quebec, making neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard the new Premier. Former PQ leader Pauline Marois thus became not only the only woman to…
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Anticosti: fool’s gold

The elections campaign is currently in full swing in Quebec, and three out of the four political parties represented in the National Assembly agree on the economic interest which lies in producing shale oil in Anticosti. Between the environmental risks of producing fossil fuels on this island in the Gulf…
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Is Alberta’s oil paying for Quebec’s public daycare?

Alberta’s Wild Rose party has placed Quebec at the centre of its media strategy regarding the Equalization program reform: “It is no small irony that the biggest single beneficiary of such transfers, Quebec, provides cheap university tuition and inexpensive provincial day care, while Albertans pay high prices for, and have…
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Hypothetical prosperity, fees guaranteed

Austerity has been the keyword for the past five years: initiatives decreasing spending in order to then slow down public debt growth were meant to ensure recovery after the 2008 financial crisis. We now know that it has instead hurt the economy. The Parti Québécois now contends it is turning…
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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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The federal government’s new khaki uniforms

Next week, the federal government will unveil its budget for the coming year. With projections pointing towards a $3.7 billion surplus in 2015-2016, there is every reason to believe that the Harper government will be able to face the electorate sticking its chest out. With pockets that full, it will…
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Changing jobs and lifelong employment

Everybody knows that we change jobs more often than we used to. Better still, in the Golden Age of employment, there were way more lifelong positions than there are now. Yet if you ask someone who is making that assessment when was this blessed era for all workers (though it’s…
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