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15 Mar 2018

Federal Budget 2018: Now The Hard Work Begins

March 15, 2018

The 2018 federal budget contained many positives. Action on gender inequality and the gender wage gap, on research underfunding, and on many other items was long in coming. Read More

22 Feb 2018

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Risk-sharing, not equalization, is failing Alberta

February 22, 2018 | By

In the weeks leading up to Family Day, Canada’s governments did what many families often do: argue about money. This year’s quibble focused on the Equalization program – and largely missed the mark.
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24 Aug 2017

Q&A Session on the “Gap”

August 24, 2017

The “gap” is a dollar figure that seeks to measure a province’s aggregate net fiscal contribution or benefit vis-à-vis the rest of the federation. The federal government collects financial resources from its myriad revenue sources. Read More

24 May 2017

An Old Idea is New Again

May 24, 2017

A Royal Commission on a new amending formula for Canada’s Constitution to fix our fiscal imbalance

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09 Aug 2016

A little explainer on how equalization payments work: radio interview with Erich Hartmann

August 9, 2016

Erich Hartmann, Mowat’s Practice Lead – Intergovernmental Affairs, explains how Canada’s Equalization program and other transfer payments work in the context of the recent economic downturn in Alberta. Read More

11 Jul 2014

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Canada’s Finance Minister is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts

July 11, 2014 | By

This week, the National Post published my op-ed addressing recent comments made by Canada’s federal Finance Minister regarding Ontario’s long-standing criticism of federal policies governing fiscal transfers and their impact on Ontario’s balance sheet.
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10 Jul 2014

Not Just Equalization—Many Federal Transfer Programs Fail Basic Tests of Transparency, Efficiency and Fairness, Says New Mowat Analysis

July 10, 2014

A substantial portion of the $163 billion in annual federal transfers to provinces is doled out in ways that fail to meet basic tests of transparency, efficiency and fairness, according to a new study released today by the Mowat Centre.
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