So you think you can budget!
With the Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) officially released, you’d think the budget gnomes at the CCPA would have some much deserved time off. Â Unfortunately with the snow still falling in Ottawa, we figured we’d put them back to work.
Every year, the AFB puts together ideas from all of the partners involved. Â Once everything is said and done, those ideas are aggregated into the final 150 page document. Â Just like the federal budget its all or nothing.
So this year, we decided to also make the AFB into an interactive tool. Â It uses all the same multipliers and calculations as the full AFB. Â But this time you get to pick what’s in and what’s out.
If you were finance minister for a day, which programs would you pick? Â How would you manage the deficit and unemployment? Â Sometimes its not as easy as it looks.
Give it a try yourself at ÂWhen you’re done, post the results to facebook, twitter or email them.
Economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.