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Canadian Government Debt 2004: A Guide to the Indebtedness of Canada and the Provinces popular

Niels Veldhuis and Todd Gabel broadly examine the $58 billion worth of debt reduction accomplished by the federal government between 1997-98 and 2001-02.

2002-03 Ontario Alternative Budget

Following the 2002-03 Government of Ontario budget, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released its Ontario Alternative Budget. The Alternative Budget asserts public spending on programs and capital improvements has dropped 15.1 percent under seven years of Conservative governments in Ontario. In addition, it is suggested that the Government of Ontario has wiped out a “substantial portion” of its revenue base through tax cuts, choosing to reduce taxes before balancing the provincial budget.

2003-2004 Saskatchewan Alternative Budget of Choice: A Budget for Communities, By Communities

In this Alternative Budget of Choice, the CCPA analyzes the Government’s own budget, all sources of revenue (including tax policy), and expenditures. It then makes recommendations for alternative ways to manage the Province’s finances.

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

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.

2006 Manitoba Alternative Budget: Investing in Tomorrow, Today

Even though there have been positive signs in the Manitoban economy, this paper cautions that problems lie ahead: a) a growing gap between rich and poor; b) the inequality between women and men in income; c) poor environmental policy; d) a growing concern for farmers; e) a failing health care system; and f) a crumbling urban infrastructure.

A Funny Way of Sharing: Revisiting the Liberal Government's "50:50" Promise

This technical paper accompanies the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CCPA) Alternative Federal Budget 2003. In this report, the CCPA points out that, during the 1997 federal election campaign, Prime Minister Chrétien promised that future fiscal dividends resulting from the elimination of the deficit would be divided in half.

A Time for Vision: A Sustainable & Equitable Economy

The Alberta government’s 2005 budget will be the first since the provincial debt was eliminated. According to the Parkland Institute’s Committee on Alberta’s Finances, this budget should lay the foundations for a vision to build a socially sustainable and equitable economy. 2005...

A Time to Reap: Re-investing In Alberta's Public Services

The Parkland Institute's Committee on Alberta's Finances prepared this report. The authors contend the Alberta government is stuck in yesterday’s rhetoric of debt crisis. 2004...

A Time to Reap; Re-investing in Alberta's Public Services

This report advocates improving the many public service areas that were subject to budget cuts a decade ago in the interests of improving Alberta's debt. With extensive empirical evidence the study considers the advantageous position of Alberta's economy and financial situation as well as the social conditions that have been created by budget cutbacks. Finally this report points to a lack of accountability of government expenditures and makes recommendations to improve specific public services.

Alternative Federal Budget 2003: Economic and Fiscal Update

Each year a coalition of community, social advocacy and labour organizations work together to produce the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s Alternative Federal Budget. The 2003 version argues that the federal government’s fiscal situation is much more positive than suggested by federal officials and private sector forecasters. The Alternative Federal Budget claims the federal surplus for 2003 is in excess of $10 billion, and calls into question the credibility of other projections for what the report contends to be a consistent underestimation of this figure. Additionally, the publication claims federal fiscal capacity, represented by revenues as a share of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), has declined due to reduced taxation levels. The Alternative Federal Budget 2003 concludes by calling for the immediate halt and reversal of federal government tax cuts.

Alternative Federal Budget 2003: The Cure for the Common Budget

Annually, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) publishes an Alternative Federal Budget. Its purpose: to bring together community groups to discuss and debate government spending priorities, and to provide an alternative view of the federal government’s fiscal framework.

Alternative Federal Budget 2004: Fiscal and Economic Update

This paper is a brief update on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CCPA) annual project, the Alternative Federal Budget. The Alternative Federal Budget is prepared by a coalition of community, labour, environmental, and social advocacy organizations, and outlines the broad policy options that will shape the budget-making process.

Alternative Federal Budget 2004: Rebuilding the Foundations

Since 1995, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has released an annual Alternative Federal Budget to coincide with the federal government’s budget. The CCPA’s goal has always been to show there are alternatives to government decisions – and that a credible plan of social reinvestment exists for using huge federal government surpluses.

Alternative Federal Budget 2005: Fiscal and Economic Update

Each year the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) prepares the Alternative Federal Budget in partnership with a coalition of community, labour, environmental, and social advocacy organizations. While the 2005 Alternative Federal Budget will be released in February, this brief report summarizes current thinking of Alternative Federal Budget participants regarding the present fiscal situation facing the federal government.

Alternative Federal Budget 2005: It’s Time

Every year since 1995, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has released an Alternative Federal Budget. According to the CCPA, budgets are not merely financial documents: they are the clearest statement of a government’s actual priorities, stripped of the rhetoric of election promises and Throne Speeches. The Alternative Federal Budget begins with the premise that budgets should first be about the people; a budget is an exercise in popular economic education and a process for Canadians to develop consensus on what the federal budget would look like if public interests were truly being served.

Alternative Provincial Budget (Manitoba) 2002-2003

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Manitoba Alternative Provincial Budget 2002-2003 makes community economic development its top priority. To this end, the Alternative Budget proposes a number of measures: making Manitoba less vulnerable to downturns in the US economy by putting more money into the provincial economy; investing in services rather than tax cuts; eliminating Manitoba’s balanced budget legislation; and, solving the structural fiscal deficit the authors label as Manitoba’s ‘revenue problem.’ Additionally, the Alternative Budget puts a special emphasis on health care, proposing a plan for what the authors term “a better and more sustainable health care system.”

Assessing Prince Edward Island's Fiscal Situation

This paper assesses Prince Edward Island’s fiscal situation. Wimal Rankaduwa and John Jacobs point out that PEI, along with most other provinces, must reassess its financial situation.

BC Solutions Budget 2003

Each year the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) publishes the BC Solutions Budget, an alternative to the provincial government’s own budget. The 2003 edition of the Solutions Budget, according to the CCPA, focuses on economic revival in BC. The CCPA looks at short-term and long-term factors affecting BC’s fortunes, as well as the resulting economic and fiscal context facing BC .

BC Solutions Budget 2004: Getting Ready for 2010

This BC Alternative Budget focuses on preparing the province for the Winter Olympic Games in 2010. As the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) puts it, “We’ve invited the world. They’re coming. And the place is a mess.” It suggests that the 2010 Olympics present both challenges and opportunities for BC.

BC Solutions Budget 2005

Every year since 1995, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has released an Alternative Federal Budget. When the CCPA’s British Columbia office opened in 1997, this tradition continued with provincial budgets. According to the CCPA, budgets are not merely financial documents: they are the clearest statement of the government’s actual priorities, stripped of the rhetoric of election promises and Throne Speeches.

BC Solutions Budget 2006: Budgeting for Women's Equality

Despite a strong economy in British Columbia, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues that women have been largely excluded from its benefits.

Behind the Issues: Ontario 2003 - The manager myth (or how Ernie Eves balanced Ontario's budget one year in a row)

According to Hugh Mackenzie, fiscal management and balancing the budget stand just behind delivering tax cuts in the list of accomplishments claimed by the Ontario Conservatives. He points out that, almost without fail, Ernie Eves’ speeches call attention to his claim that the government balanced the budget five years running.

Budget 2004: What the Liberals Actually Chose - A Summary and Commentary on the 2004 Ontario Budget

This commentary, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) accompanies the Alternative Provincial Budget for Ontario’s 2004 Budget. The CCPA argues that, while the Ontario Finance Minister identified the poor state of public services before he released his budget – a large fiscal deficit, overcrowded classrooms, a shortage of doctors and nurses, among others – his budget ultimately failed to address these problems.

Can They Pay for What They Say? A pre-election comparison of the Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic Platforms

In this brief report written before the June 2004 Canadian federal election, Ellen Russell and Sheila Black assess whether the Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic parties can pay for what they are promising in their election platforms.

Can We Afford It? The Case for the New 2005 Federal Budget

This study examines how provincial tax and spending policies have impacted different areas of BC. Lee, Murray and Parfitt explore the flows of income, both to and from BC regions and communities. They view tax cuts as new money flowing into communities, while spending cuts and tax increases take money from these communities. The authors’ research reveals a consistent theme: government fiscal policy has disproportionately affected BC’s “Heartlands.”

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