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Erich Hartmann

Erich Hartmann is the Mowat Centre’s Practice Lead for Intergovernmental Affairs. Erich has a deep knowledge of intergovernmental affairs and federal fiscal issues. Previously, Erich spent 13 years in the Ontario Public Service at the Ministry of Finance in a number of policy and management roles, most recently serving as Manager of Federal-Provincial Relations. Erich holds an MPA and a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University.

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May 16, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann

A sum of all fears: How ‘rigid incrementality’ could be the number one threat to infrastructure spending in Canada

After decades of serial neglect, the last two federal budgets have together committed $180 billion over 12 years for investments in Canada’s beleaguered public infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address a chronic infrastructure deficit that everyone agrees is a real barrier to our economic growth. More
February 22, 2017 | Erich Hartmann

Health care is about sharing risk. Federalism in Canada should be too.

Universal health care in Canada is strongly attached to Canadian values such as equity, fairness and solidarity. More
January 4, 2017 | Erich Hartmann, Jordann Thirgood

Mind the Gap

Ontario’s Persistent Net Contribution to the Federation

Ontarians have consistently contributed more to the federal government in total tax revenue than they have received in federal spending in return. Using newly-updated StatsCan data, this report undertakes a quantitative analysis of the elements of the federal government’s revenue raising and spending practices to identify which of those elements lead to net contributions or benefits to the federation, with a particular focus on Ontario. More
December 5, 2016 | Erich Hartmann

The federal government is retreating from health care. Here’s why that’s a terrible idea.

Provincial and Territorial Premiers have called on the Prime Minister for a meeting dedicated to the issue of health care funding. The call comes against the backdrop of federal plans to decrease the growth rate of federal health transfers to the provinces. Without federal action, the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) funding escalator will fall to the 3 per cent floor currently set out in federal legislation starting next year. More
September 9, 2016 | Erich Hartmann, Alexa Greig

Partnership Renewed

Transforming Canada’s Health Funding Arrangements

A rapidly aging population will strain provinces’ current health care delivery models. Transformation in the sector is urgently needed. More