Finance

As Parliament resumes, Liberals prepare to “Meet the Moment”

As Parliament resumes, Liberals prepare to "Meet the Moment”

In a speech to Liberal caucus Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau challenged his team to “meet the moment” with the return of the House of Commons after a six-week holiday break.  There are a lot of moments to meet with high interest rates, inflation, and talk of… Continue Reading As Parliament resumes, Liberals prepare to “Meet the Moment”

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Ford Projects Stability in Fall Economic Statement Despite Economic Challenges

Ford Projects Stability in Fall Economic Statement Despite Economic Challenges

Amid tense education worker contract negotiations, sweeping housing and planning policy changes, and a continued spotlight on the pressures faced by the healthcare system post-pandemic, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy released the first Fall Economic Statement (FES) of the Ford government’s second mandate. The FES marks the first… Continue Reading Ford Projects Stability in Fall Economic Statement Despite Economic Challenges

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Municipalities and Fiscal Federalism: What’s Next Post-Budget 2022?

Municipalities and Fiscal Federalism: What's Next Post-Budget 2022?

Canada’s municipalities play a unique role in the delivery of services and have an outsized place when it comes to being part of the solution on issues like housing availability.  More than ever, the municipal level of government is closest to citizens, yet sometimes has the hardest… Continue Reading Municipalities and Fiscal Federalism: What’s Next Post-Budget 2022?

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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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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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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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2021 Ontario Budget: Pandemic Management & Economic Recovery

2021 Ontario Budget: Pandemic Management & Economic Recovery

As expected, Ontario’s 2021 Budget attempts to straddle the line between pandemic management and pandemic recovery. Investments in contact tracing, vaccination rollouts, and hospital capacity help to ensure the health care system can continue to handle the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. This spending lays the groundwork… Continue Reading 2021 Ontario Budget: Pandemic Management & Economic Recovery

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