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This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) was released on March 9. I was proud to be the primary author of its housing chapter (that chapter is available in English here and in French here). The first AFB exercise began in 1994, with the first AFB being published in 1995. That involved a joint effort between […]
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March 20th, 2017
The Nova Scotia provincial government is set to introduce its promised balanced budget this year. The Nova Scotia Alternative Budget, released today, proposes some concrete choices rooted in Nova Scotia communities. Rather than pay down debt, the NS-APB prioritizes balancing the social debt threatening Nova Scotia. Can a budget really be considered balanced when unemployment […]
Pollsters tell us that Ontario’s New DemocratsÂ may double their seat total in next month’s provincial election. It’s also entirely conceivable that they couldÂ be part of a coalition government at Queen’s Park.Â But what’s actually in the party’sÂ election platform? One central feature of the NDP’sÂ proposals is to implement aÂ tax creditÂ for companies that hire new workers. The tax […]
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September 20th, 2011
I recently had the chance to read a 2008 book entitled Who Goes?Â Who Stays?Â What Matters?Â Accessing and Persisting in Post-Secondary Education in Canada.Â Edited by Ross Finnie, Richard Mueller, Arthur Sweetman and Alex Usher, the anthology features 14 chapters written by a total of 21 authors.Â Â Â I found Chapter 4 (co-authored by […]
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April 20th, 2011
A globeandmail.com article posted last night discusses a recent report on post-secondary educationÂ in Nova Scotia.Â The report itself, released yesterday, was writtenÂ by BMO’s former Chief Economist, Tim O’Neill.Â According to the article, O’Neill’s report calls for “complete deregulation of tuition fees” in Nova Scotia.Â Moreover: He believes that higher tuitions are more equitable because they […]
During the CEA meetings, I engaged in some provincial election talk with colleagues from Nova Scotia. I had just come off a brutal BC election campaign, in which the opposition stuck to a rather bland platform anchored in fiscal conservatism and axing the carbon tax. The NDP lost, and amid the subsequent soul-searching, leader Carole […]
Liberals are proposing to slash Nova Scotiaâ€™s corporate income tax rate for small business from 5% to 1%. We have seen this movie before. New Brunswick announced a 1% small business rate by 2007 only to instead restore a 5% rate that year. Nova Scotians might reasonably ask why their provincial neighbour abandoned the 1% […]
The deal, unveiled yesterday by the Premiers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, is not actually called PEAR, but PARE: Partnership Agreement on Regulation and the Economy. Like TILMA, it was signed pursuant to Article 1800 of the existing Agreement on Internal Trade to further “liberalize trade, investment and workforce mobility.” Unlike TILMA, it does […]
The Equalization changes are probably the most fiscally significant cuts in yesterdayâ€™s unstimulating Economic Statement. In 2009-10, the program is projected to pay out $14.2 billion instead of $16 billion. In 2010-11, it will pay $14.5 billion instead of $20 billion. This $5.5 billion difference exceeds the $3.5 billion in total projected savings from spending […]
Public hearings proved to be an effective defence against TILMA in Saskatchewan. The following editorial from yesterdayâ€™s Halifax ChronicleHerald appropriately concludes, “Nova Scotia should hold public hearings, just like Saskatchewan, if it is toying with joining TILMA or a regional version thereof.” Published: 2007-07-16 Talking trade WHEN corporate Canada thinks of TILMA, it pictures a […]
The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has been calling for the Atlantic provinces to join TILMA. Yesterday, I discussed this proposal with the Halifax ChronicleHeraldâ€™s editorial board. The following report was printed in todayâ€™s edition. Also yesterday, the CCPA posted a paper based on my submission to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assemblyâ€™s Standing Committee on the […]