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.
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
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
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