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2004-2005 Saskatchewan Alternative Budget of Choice: A Budget for Equity

Report by CCPA

Each year the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) releases the Saskatchewan Alternative Budget of Choice in partnership with all of the communities affected by the provincial government’s budgetary decisions. The Alternative Budget is intended as a tool to influence government decisions, as well as an educational tool for community organizations.

According to the CCPA, the Alternative Budget of Choice’s objective is to develop a consensus approach to budget-making among progressive organizations and individuals. It seeks to demonstrate that, even within the confines of current economic realities, progressive policies can still be instituted. With different priorities and assumptions about expenditures and revenues, alternative choices can be made about how to spend the provincial finances.

The CCPA sets out the seven principles it takes into consideration when developing an alternative budget: a commitment to full employment; the eradication of poverty; a more equitable distribution of income and wealth; environmental protection; an acknowledgment of the crucial role of social programs; economic policies that strengthen the rights of working people; and, a commitment to community based economic development.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): CCPA;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Federal & Provincial Budget
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Federal & Provincial Budget / 2004
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary

Keywords / Tags:

alternative provincial budget; budgetary process; progressive budgetary decisions; expenditures; revenues; economic realities;