Tax-slashing has been the pattern in Canada for decades. No wonder we can't afford European-style social programs. Public revenue has been vanishing into the pockets of corporations and the very rich.
Is Jim Flaherty's legacy pragmatic? Prudent? Steady-handed? More like ideological, frequently reckless, and just plain lucky.
We, the undersigned, strongly urge the federal government to stop implementing fiscal austerity measures just to achieve its political goal of budgetary balance by 2015.
A new report from the PBO suggests that the Conservatives will balance the budget ahead of schedule. But, and it's a big but, if there were no EI surplus, there would be no balanced budget in 2016.
This week's throne speech is just one more glamorous soliloquy to remind us who to credit when the hero triumphs just in time to enhance the Conservatives' fortunes in the next election.
What happened, Finance Committee? I remember, back when we first met, you asked me for my pre-budget submission and I gave it to you. You cared about my priorities.
After four austerity budgets and lots of hide and seek, there are finally some answers about what services federal departments are going to cut.
It's budget season everywhere, and it's all about debt and deficits and the elusive quest to balance the beast, which can only be done, it is said, by cutting services or raising taxes.
In this blog, Daniel Wilson examines the Harper government's latest action on First Nations issues and poses the tough question on where it is all leading.
But when it comes to repairing a broken system for financing First Nations education, the response is to "explore mechanisms" -- a bureaucratic way of saying: "Don't call us, we'll call you."