Don Drummond

Why Canada's Definition of Austerity Is All Wrong

David Gratzer | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Business
David Gratzer

Government program spending is still growing from sea to sea. Virtually every government in Canada is spending more in current dollars from one year to the next. Many are spending more in inflation-adjusted dollars, too. If they aren't, they're generally coming pretty close.

Why Not Tax the Universities' One Per Cent?

Nora Loreto | Posted 06.23.2012 | Canada
Nora Loreto

In post-Drummond Ontario, how could anyone working at a university find themselves among the half-millionaires club, let alone the one per cent?

Drummond Shows His Green Thumb

Rick J. Smith | Posted 04.17.2012 | Canada
Rick J. Smith

Though it makes for some über-heavy bed-time reading, and deserves a more thorough analysis than this blog pretends to be, a first pass through Don D...

Drummond's Prescription for Health Care Won't Cure the Spending Bug

David Gratzer | Posted 04.29.2012 | Canada
David Gratzer

When Premier Dalton McGuinty went looking for advice, he hired Don Drummond. What he got was an economist who told him to charge more for parking and amalgamate public health boards. What he needed more was an economist to explain how to get Ontario working again.

Cut Deep Or Face Greece's Fate, Ontarians Told

CP | Posted 02.15.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Bigger class sizes, higher electricity and water bills and new parking fees at public transit stations are among the bitter pills deficit-ri...

The Don Prescribes 362 Bitter Pills For Ontario

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Bigger class sizes, higher utility bills, and fewer hospitals are among the bitter pills deficit-ridden Ontario must swallow to avoid the sa...

Ontario Students Ready to Give Drummond a "D"

Nora Loreto | Posted 04.15.2012 | Canada Business
Nora Loreto

With the release of he much-anticipated budget report of Don Drummond tomorrow, students will find themselves among nurses, the unemployed, teachers, early childcare educators, social workers, and millions of other Ontarians who will try to make it politically impossible for McGuinty to implement any of the cuts or regressive policy changes that Drummond recommends.

Meet The Fixer: But Is Ontario Beyond Repair?

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2012 | Canada Politics

When former Big Bank economist Don Drummond releases his long awaited review of Ontario government finances at a media lockup Wednesday, he will be lo...

Dalton McGuinty's Duck and Cover on the Budget

Alex Callahan | Posted 03.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Alex Callahan

Don Drummond should be insulted that his report is going to be little more than political cover for the Liberals. It's going to be a convenient straw man for the party, giving them the option to lay any unpleasantness at the feet of an unaccountable third party.

Ontario Cost-Cutting Consultant Costs $1,500 A Day

CBC | Posted 01.28.2012 | Canada Politics

Ontario’s opposition parties are outraged that a consultant hired by the province to find ways to pare back spending is making $1,500 a...

Shattering Canadian Health Care's Conventional Wisdom

David Gratzer | Posted 01.23.2012 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

There is no single reform that is going to make medicare work better. But there is a general approach that would be useful. And that alternative approach recognizes the limitations of centralized planning and the need to allow more private money and leadership into the system.