Low taxes are nothing to brag about

The Scott Moe government boasts that Saskatchewan’s a low-tax province. It shouldn’t. Taxes serve important objectives, and our leaders need to understand that. On March 20, the Saskatchewan government tabled its 2019-20 provincial budget, projecting a balanced budget for the upcoming year. In many ways that’s quite remarkable, with Saskatchewan’s…
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Ten considerations for the next Alberta budget

On November 16, I participated in a workshop organized by the Alberta Alternative Budget Working Group. Held at the University of Alberta’s main campus, speakers discussed macroeconomic, health care and social policy considerations for the next Alberta budget. Here are 10 things to know: 1) Alberta’s still recovering from a…
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Ten things to know about the newly-signed federal-provincial-territorial housing framework agreement

A federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement on housing was signed on April 10 in Toronto. It supports the Trudeau government’s National Housing Strategy, which was released last fall. Here are 10 things to know about the just-signed agreement: Though a National Housing Strategy (NHS) was released last fall, a federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement…
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It’s time: Alberta needs a sales tax

Alberta is the only Canadian province without a sales tax. That needs to change. With its own sales tax, Alberta could afford to make important new investments in social programs. For example, it could hire more teachers, improve staffing levels in long-term care facilities and build more affordable housing. Without…
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Five things to know about the 2018 Federal Budget

Today’s federal budget, while not as transformative as last year’s, had important new initiatives related to housing and homelessness.Here are five things to know: New housing investments were announced for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Specifically, today’s budget announced $600 million over three years for on-reserve housing; $400 million over…
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