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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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Budget 2022 – Liberals Channel FDR to Address Post-COVID Stresses

Budget 2022 – Liberals Channel FDR to Address Post-COVID Stresses

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled her second budget. Compared to last year’s 663-page mid-pandemic magnum opus, this leaner 280-page document is an attempt to turn the corner from COVID, with the government claiming a V-shaped recovery and a deficit half the size… Continue Reading Budget 2022 – Liberals Channel FDR to Address Post-COVID Stresses

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Ontario Doubles Down on Increasing Housing Supply with New Legislation

Ontario Doubles Down on Increasing Housing Supply with New Legislation

On March 30, 2022 the Province announced the More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022. Key policy objectives of Ontario’s More Homes for Everyone Plan include: Red tape reduction to enable the construction of more homes; Making community housing construction easier; and Protecting homebuyers, homeowners, and renters. A… Continue Reading Ontario Doubles Down on Increasing Housing Supply with New Legislation

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Ford Government Introduces Ontario’s “Plan to Stay Open”

Ford Government Introduces Ontario’s “Plan to Stay Open”

Today the Ford Government announced its “Plan to Stay Open” as the province enters its second week without a broad mask mandate. While Ontario’s ICU capacity remains steady, today’s announcement intends to build public confidence amid concerns of a sixth wave. In addition, by announcing these measures… Continue Reading Ford Government Introduces Ontario’s “Plan to Stay Open”

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Liberals and New Democrats Ink “Confidence and Supply” Deal

Liberals and New Democrats Ink “Confidence and Supply” Deal

In a surprise move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced a “confidence and supply” agreement. The agreement provides Trudeau’s minority Liberal government with assurances that the NDP will vote with the Liberals on all matters deemed to be confidence matters, as well as… Continue Reading Liberals and New Democrats Ink “Confidence and Supply” Deal

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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 Invokes Emergencies Act in Response to Blockades

Trudeau Invokes Emergencies Act in Response to Blockades

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, saying the “blockades are illegal and if you are still participating, the time to go home is now.” The Cabinet will issue specific regulations which will come into force immediately and include: Regulating public assembly in specific places like… Continue Reading Trudeau Invokes Emergencies Act in Response to Blockades

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