Canada Austerity

Saskatchewan's Budget Takes From The Poor To Give To The Rich

Nick Falvo | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Nick Falvo

The Brad Wall government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Though this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for poverty and for the long-term health of the Saskatchewan economy.

Nova Scotia Should Follow The IMF's Lead And Ditch Austerity Economics

Jordan Brennan | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Brennan

Reading between the lines of its public messaging, the McNeil Liberals seem to think that budgetary deficits hamper economic growth, that the provincial debt-load will crush future generations of Nova Scotians and that one potent method of slaying the deficit is to freeze public sector employee compensation. Is this true?

U.S. Media Laud Canada As ‘Best Hope For Global Economy'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business

Yes folks, we’ve become the Luke Skywalker of the world economy.

Money For The Privileged, Austerity For The Rest Of Us

Jeff Begley | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

I decided to give you a short list of the Couillard government's extraordinary spending this fall for friends of the Liberal Party. You see, the list speaks for itself and shows how much the austerity we are confronted with varies depending on who's involved.

Responding To Quebec's Provocation Of The Public Servants Unions

Jeff Begley | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Business
Jeff Begley

Martin Coiteux doesn't give the impression he's very interested in negotiating with workers in the public sector. Despite the fact that the Common Front has significantly lowered its demand on pay it seems clear to me that the chair of the Conseil du trésor had already written his speech before he even met with the Common Front.

Why Is Bombardier A Better Bet Than Quebec Public Servants?

Jeff Begley | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

What's the most upsetting in all this is the speed with which the government invests large amounts in a private company for a high-risk project at the same time as it is loath to invest in public services. Our government of bankers and businessmen should remember that it is responsible for managing for the common good -- period!

Poverty in Canada Is Not a Life Sentence

Yanick Labrie | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

the notion that there are a lot of Canadians who are stuck in a cycle of poverty, in this day and age, is simply mistaken. The research is very clear on this question: Social mobility is high in Canada. In other words, despite what you may have heard, the poor are getting richer, too.

Growing Social Inequalities Are a Major Issue in Quebec

Jeff Begley | Posted 10.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

I'm going to talk to you about social inequalities. Some might think that this issue isn't important in Québec. Yet the data show a particularly disturbing growth in inequalities. In my opinion, our struggles must converge on the fight against growing social inequalities.

Trudeau's Pro-Economic Growth Platform Is All About Jobs

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

With a strong plan to invest in jobs and economic growth, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has boldly distinguished himself from both Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair. Mr. Harper's growth record is the worst of any prime minister in eight decades. There are 160,000 more jobless Canadians today than before he took office. And Mr. Mulcair has strangely sided with the Harper austerity agenda, meaning billions of dollars in program cuts and/or broken promises to concoct the appearance of a balanced budget next year. The Mulcair plan and the Harper plan are formulae for going nowhere. Justin Trudeau is offering the only agenda for real change.

Tsipras Expected To Reshuffle Cabinet After Party Rebellion

CP | Elena Becatoros And Geir Moulson, The Associated Press | Posted 07.16.2016 | Canada Business

ATHENS, Greece - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is widely expected to reshuffle his Cabinet, following a rebellion within his party over a parliament v...

Inaction on Climate Change is Mutually Assured Destruction

John Cartwright | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
John Cartwright

Extreme weather conditions, storms, flooding, droughts and ice melting are the new reality in too many parts of the world. People are losing their livelihood, their homes, their jobs -- and even their lives. While scientists and faith leaders call for urgent action, our political leaders have failed to take necessary actions.

Sunny Freeman

Why A Balanced Budget Law Could Mean More Debt For Consumers | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Business

The Conservatives’ proposal to mandate balanced books “during normal economic times” for future governments could paint the economy into a corne...

How Health Care and Social Workers Can Stop the Liberal Bulldozer

Jeff Begley | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

There is growing definite interest in our affiliated unions for debating the use of pressure tactics up to and including a strike. Some unions are further ahead than others in their consideration of this, while others are beginning to give it thought. All this is encouraging, because mobilization is how workers will be able to stop the Liberal bulldozer.

Why Do Austerity Measures Always Target the Same Side?

Jeff Begley | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

Tax havens are an even greater cause for concern because they are at the root of a vicious circle that results in workers bearing the brunt of the pressure to keep public finances "balanced", while the real sources of wealth escape us. It's no exaggeration to say that without tax havens, there wouldn't be any austerity!

Adoption of Bill 10: a Sad Day for Democracy

Jeff Begley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

Contrary to what various columnists say, I don't find it surprising that Minister Barrette wanted to cut off debate and push through Bill 10. It's the cornerstone that will make it possible to move ahead with more privatization in health care and social services.

How the Couillard Government Is Exacerbating Social Inequality

Jeff Begley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

In recent weeks, I explained that the objective of the Couillard government is to make Canadian averages the rule in Québec. To do this, the government is attacking what distinguishes Québec: our collective choice to have social programs that help limit social inequalities.

The Couillard Government's Goal: Dismantle the Québec Model

Jeff Begley | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

In last week's blog, I indicated that I would come back to the issue of Canadian averages, which seem to be very important for Premier Couillard. With all its trial balloons, it's clear that the Couillard government is drawing on the Canadian model to dismantle Québec's.

Why We Need To Resist Liberal Austerity in Quebec

Jeff Begley | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

It was obvious to everyone that the Couillard government's proposals will simply make inequalities worse. The government wasn't mandated to dismantle public services. Philippe Couillard didn't get a mandate from the population to do what he's doing. Philippe Couillard is implementing the CAQ's program.

France, Put Down the Wine and Learn About Industry From Canada

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Business
Joseph Soares

France must confront its demons: The Big State and a Gallic attitude to labour productivity, as its economy suffers. Compared with Canada, France is living on past glories while Canada pursues a way for its people to live as well as they can in the here and now. In essence, the French need to go easy on the vino.

Joe Oliver: Ontario, Most Of Planet Not Slashing Budgets Fast Enough

CP | Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he's concerned that provincial governments and Canada's global allies will reverse five years of gains sin...

Why Are So Many Emerging Markets Taking Protests to the Streets?

Peter Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada
Peter Hall

Mass protests have become an all-too-common post-crisis occurrence in major cities around the world. The sheer number of them elicits key questions. What is making them so prevalent? Where will the movement strike next? And more personally, how will protests affect our international business operations?

In Canada, Austerity Rules

Nick Fillmore | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The exceedingly aggressive austerity cuts carried out by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty over the past seven years have come home to roost as millions of Canadians, depressed and without hope, are succumbing to its worst consequences.

Harper Endorses Controversial Austerity Program

CBC | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the British Parliament today that the debate in Europe between austerity and growth is "a false dichotomy." ...

Harper's Foreign Policy: Make the Rich Richer

Yves Engler | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

The Harper government has consistently supported Canada's banks and global investor class. In fact, their entire foreign policy is largely designed around the question: How can we make the world's richest 0.1% even richer?

Canada Should Be Smartening Up Instead of Dumbing Down

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The Prime Minister's personal poll numbers are receding (dropping almost by half since 2010), as are those of his government. Sensing the decline, the Conservatives have taken to their historic method of going negative, as with their recent attack ads on Justin Trudeau. Yet it's not working as effectively because Canadians themselves have faced too many negative indicators in the last five years.