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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 Copy

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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25 Nov 2017

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Talking is the Canadian way of life – we should export it

November 25, 2017 | By

Has everyone suddenly forgotten how to negotiate?

Glance at the news headlines, and you’ll find a series of high-stakes talks that are either deadlocked or derailed.

Talks to re-negotiate NAFTA have barely begun and already there are fears that the largest player is about to walk away from the table (or never really wanted to reach a deal in the first place). Read More

27 Sep 2017

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Provinces should lead policy innovation on Canada’s defining issues – again

September 27, 2017 | By

With political news focused on federal tax changes, a federal cabinet shuffle, and federally-led NAFTA renegotiations, it is easy to lose sight of the where the weight of governing falls in Canada. According to the OECD, Canada’s provincial, territorial and local governments account for nearly four out of every five public dollars spent – a level of decentralization unmatched by any other developed country. Read More

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