Chump change won’t cut it here. The federal government should be spending upwards of $40 billion per year to accelerate our transition to a net zero carbon economy.
The interest rate the federal government pays on debt hasn’t been this low since the Second World War (and possibly earlier).
Both Prime Minister Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated their commitment to lay the groundwork for a Canada-wide system of child care at the Liberal Policy Convention this past weekend.
Can we dare to hope?
Will the budget put muscle behind the oft-repeated Liberal "real change” mantra?
We are far less likely to recognize households living in poverty as a public health issue, societal crisis or economic problem that we should solve collectively.
The CERB was a critical support for many workers impacted by pandemic closures. For low-wage workers, the benefit funds were likely used to cover critical expenses. As such, it's unlikely that Canadians living below the poverty line will have money set aside for their pending CERB tax bill.
Ensuring a just transition towards a green recovery and a net-zero economy will require more ambitious federal action than is currently on the table.
The Saskatchewan government appears to have no appetite to enact and defend the types of cuts it made in 2017. Maybe those tropes are dead? Or maybe the pandemic is making the obvious impossible to completely ignore.
On April 1st, Nova Scotia’s minimum hourly wage increased from $12.55 to $12.95. Is it now “too high” or “too low”?
The pandemic has exposed the disastrous result of government cuts to vital investments, especially in health care and long-term care. Does the latest budget undo the damage?
In the context of COVID-19, state restrictions requiring businesses to close, price controls over health equipment, and emergency support programs could all give rise to costly investor–state dispute settlement suits.
What’s the true story about what's happening at Ontario’s schools during the pandemic? Ricardo Tranjan examines funding across the province, school board by school board.
Don’t expect any big surprises in the March 24th Ontario budget. The top-line numbers in the document are already well known, more or less, and so is the government that will deliver it.
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