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This year as we get down to setting our resolutions for 2014, why not set aside a resolution to travel more. Most of us like to travel and explore, or get a change of scenery -- with the family, as a couple or even alone. Here are the top seven travel tips to help you make 2014 your best travel year yet!
Surplus budgeting is a worthy goal; however, the means by which the Government gets there has to be transparent. Increasing El premiums beyond sustainment and reducing eligibility is not transparent. Sale of undisclosed assets is not transparent. Lapsing budgets by stealth is not transparent.
OTTAWA - The Harper government may need to depend on artificially high EI premiums, asset sales and spending restraint to balance the budget in time for the 2015 election, the federal budget watchdog...
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OTTAWA - Canada's navy may get neither the type nor the number of warships it needs because of the Harper government's budget inflexibility and failure to do its defence-policy homework, Canada's audi...
OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is once again asking opposition parties for their best ideas on the upcoming federal budget, but only if they cost the government little or no money, or don't in...
Dear Ms. Heather Conway, In less than two weeks you will be taking over one of the toughest jobs in Canadian broadcasting. Actually, one of the toughest jobs in Canada. Seems you have every qualification necessary to restore the CBC to its former glory as the people's network -- the epitome, the embodiment, of public service.
OTTAWA - The Harper government will end seven years of deficits in 2015 with a $3.7-billion surplus, just in time for the next election — a campaign in which Finance Minister Jim Flaherty now says he...
OTTAWA - After one of the more disappointing years in the current recovery cycle, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is expected to offer some positive news for a change when he issues the government's fal...
OTTAWA - The surprising revelation last week that Ottawa is almost $7 billion ahead of schedule for eliminating the deficit is attracting the scrutiny of the budget watchdog.The No. 2 man in the Parli...
OTTAWA - Treasury Board President Tony Clement says details on how the Harper government's omnibus budget bill will affect public servants won't come until some time after the legislation becomes law....
OTTAWA - The federal government is reporting it is $7 billion ahead of pace in completely eliminating its deficit, likely giving the Harper Conservatives a clear path to move ahead with promised tax s...
Does Thanksgiving dinner leave you feeling like a turkey? Hosting dinner for friends and family can leave you feeling thankful, but let's face it, putting on a Thanksgiving spread isn't exactly cheap! But what if there were a way to cook for a crowd without spending a bundle this year? With these tips you can have a fun, festive and frugal holiday dinner without sacrificing taste or quality.
I recently went shopping for back to school clothes with my three young kids in tow. As insane as it may seem to take your kids along with you while picking out clothes for the season, it actually makes things easier and more efficient as you're able to size things on the spot. As the first day of school looms, here are some proven tips for back to school shopping with kids.
The subject of wedding gifts, from the lead up events, to the expectations on guests, to the cost of all the rigmarole, is a loaded one. To set the record straight, it's nice to bring a gift to a wedding, it's a norm some might say, but couples are never to expect or demand a gift. That reeks of entitlement.
If you find yourself overwhelmed or stuck in making a financial decision, look inwards. This hesitance is a sign that there is an underlying issue you're struggling with. It can also mean that you are not considering the proper context. Are you too focused on the future and forgetting about today? Are you living according to your value system? Or conversely, are you so fearful of the future that you won't look at it and you live only for today? Either way, you're avoiding the real issue.
Politicians are often derided because they treat the public with disdain, such as when governments try to bury bad news by releasing it when they hope no one pays attention -- say, at the end of a day close to the first long weekend of summer. This happened twice in just the past two weeks.
TD Canada Trust announced that they were increasing the interest rate on a five year closed mortgage from 3.09 per cent to 3.29 per cent. If your mortgage interest rate goes from 3 per cent to 4 per cent, how much did it go up? The obvious answer is 1 per cent, but if your mortgage interest rate goes from 3 per cent to 4 per cent, your interest increased by one third, or just over 33 per cent.
Instead of doubling the exemption level to $800,000, as the Green Party advocates, the Liberal NDP budget raises it by a paltry $50,000. The budget essentially gives businesses a break on hiring one new employee. So much for bold action.
Summer is nearly here, which means it is time to start thinking about booking airfare deals for holiday trips. If you want to take a break without breaking the bank, use these quick tips to make the most of your travel budget and find the best flight deals this summer.
Most people would agree that you shouldn't have to pay someone else's tax bill. Despite all of the myths surrounding tax filing, this one is actually in accordance with Canadian law. If a relative of yours were to die owing money, you have no obligation to pay their debts. It doesn't matter who they are, parents, siblings, aunts or uncles. If they have spent all their money, and die having nothing but debts, you're in the clear. However, unlike people whose debts die with them, a government's debt is carried forward forever (or until it's paid off). As we move through time, we're getting closer and closer to the point where it will be impossible to "clear our tab."
In Budget 2013, the Conservatives claim they'll eliminate their deficit by 2015. Isn't that convenient -- just on the eve of the next federal election! A close look at their financial plans provides ample reason to be suspicious. Here are seven of their fiscal tricks:
The NDP is calling for National Revenue Minister Gail Shea to defend cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency in the wake of leaked information that 450 Canadians are using tax havens. Murray Rankin, the Ne...
OTTAWA - The federal budget axe may be chopping away at citizens' right to information about government, a parliamentary watchdog warns.Suzanne Legault, information commissioner of Canada, says her of...
When I first heard about the dismantling of the Canadian International Development Agency in the government's recent budget, I was rather dismayed. Nonetheless, upon delving into the issue further, it became clear that my initial reaction was quite misguided. International aid from Canada is not coming to an end; the budget has merely initiated the merging of CIDA with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The aim is not to slash aid, but rather to have a more synergized approach to its deliverance in developing countries. The merger of CIDA with DFAIT ensures the money our government spends internationally will be more focused, effective and better reflect and preserve the national interests of Canada.
First published at The Prince Arthur Herald Jeffrey Simpson is absolutely correct (and so is Bruce Stewart) when he observes that the most recent budget is a complete disaster. Again, as before, the C...
OTTAWA - The RCMP should investigate last week's federal budget leak about tariff reductions because it could have allowed insiders to manipulate markets, the Opposition New Democrats charged Monday.N...
Federal budgets in Canada can be massive documents, outlining the country's plans to slash spending, raise taxes and deal with a annual spending of more than $250 billion. They're also political docum...
Stephen Harper won his majority in 2011 -- on his fourth attempt -- because of certain promises he made. He promised to control spending. He promised to balance the federal budget in 2014-15. And he promised to deliver tax relief once the budget was balanced, by extending income splitting to working families and by doubling the amount we can all put in our Tax-Free Savings Accounts each year.This year's federal budget will show us if he's serious about keeping the promises that got him his majority.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered his eighth budget Thursday afternoon, a document he described as balancing job growth measures with spending cuts meant to balance the budget by 2015. Flaherty...
The federal budget for 2013 has landed. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stood up in the House of Commons Thursday afternoon after markets closed to deliver the budget speech. Flaherty had telegraphed fo...
OTTAWA - Having all but ruled out new spending, the trick for Jim Flaherty in Thursday's budget is to maintain the impression of "action" in his fifth instalment of the Economic Action Plan series tha...
Raising the literacy and essential skills level of the Canadian workforce is a strategic investment with an enormous potential payoff -- not the "endless spending to increase deficits" that Minister Flaherty wishes to avoid. Canada simply cannot afford to neglect our human infrastructure.