Economy and Jobs

Ontario’s 2022 Budget: Setting the Stage for an Election

Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party fired the final salvo of their four-year government earlier today with the tabling of their 2022 budget, and have set the stage for June’s general election. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy’s 268-page budget will serve as the de facto platform for… Continue Reading Ontario’s 2022 Budget: Setting the Stage for an Election

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The Liberals Release their Highly Anticipated Plan for Canada to Reach its Climate Targets

The Liberals Release their Highly Anticipated Plan for Canada to Reach its Climate Targets

Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault tabled the government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan. A mix of new and previously made announcements, the Plan includes $9.1 billion in new spending. It outlines specific actions, policies, and programs intended to put Canada on path to reach its emissions… Continue Reading The Liberals Release their Highly Anticipated Plan for Canada to Reach its Climate Targets

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Alberta’s “Oil is Back” Budget

Alberta’s “Oil is Back” Budget

Alberta’s Legislative Assembly reconvened for its spring session with a Speech from the Throne setting out the government’s priorities for 2022.  Alberta’s Budget puts ‘meat on the bones’ of the Throne Speech with Finance Minister Travis Toews tabling a balanced budget for 2022-23, the first for Alberta… Continue Reading Alberta’s “Oil is Back” Budget

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Trudeau Government’s Speech from the Throne Opens the 44th Parliament

Trudeau Government’s Speech from the Throne Opens the 44th Parliament

Liberals Seeking to Implement Past, Present and Future Policy Commitments Against Tough Economic Backdrop Governor General Mary May Simon delivered her first Speech from the Throne (SFT) today, delivering parts in Inuktitut and including in her personal opening remarks a passionate call-to-action on reconciliation. Read at the… Continue Reading Trudeau Government’s Speech from the Throne Opens the 44th Parliament

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Build Ontario: Analysis of Ontario’s 2021 Fall Economic Statement

Build Ontario: Analysis of Ontario's 2021 Fall Economic Statement

Ontario’s Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, tabled the 2021 Fall Economic Statement (FES), giving Ontario voters and stakeholders a simultaneous glimpse into the province’s fiscal situation, plans for economic recovery, and 2022 re-election strategy. The FES, as has been custom for the Ford government, is… Continue Reading Build Ontario: Analysis of Ontario’s 2021 Fall Economic Statement

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Analysis: Ontario’s Speech from the Throne

Analysis: Ontario’s Speech from the Throne

The Ford government delivered the Speech from the Throne, which officially opened the second session of the 42nd Parliament. As always, the Speech from the Throne is an opportunity for the government to lay out its unfiltered vision for the upcoming Parliament. For Premier Ford and his… Continue Reading Analysis: Ontario’s Speech from the Throne

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Ontario Recovery Series: Wrap-Up & Key Takeaways

Ontario Recovery Series: Wrap-Up & Key Takeaways

The Ontario Recovery Series was conceptualized to answer the question: what comes next? Since beginning the series in July 2021, Canada’s vaccination rate has overtaken the US and is a world leader. Ontario alone has 81.5% of the 12+ population vaccinated and nearly 73.5% fully vaccinated. Even… Continue Reading Ontario Recovery Series: Wrap-Up & Key Takeaways

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Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

June is often a tempestuous time in official Ottawa, as governments try to accomplish as much legislative progress as possible before a summer break that usually lasts until late September. June also means a last-minute push by Cabinet and Treasury Board to get important decisions made before… Continue Reading Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

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Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

As Canada continues to try and chart a way through the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal Liberal government has also tried to chart a way forward through the current third wave and post-pandemic recovery through its 2021 Budget. The Budget is the first for Finance Minister and Deputy… Continue Reading Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

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