First Cut Is The Deepest? Yeah Right

OTTAWA - A year's worth of budget cuts saw dozens of federal programs eliminated in 2012, but when it comes to paring down the deficit, it's not the first cut that's the deepest.Thursday's federal bud...

What NDP Wants To See In Federal Budget

The NDP is calling on the Conservative government to fund transit, pensions and health care for veterans in the 2013 federal budget, the party's finance critics said Monday. Finance critic Peggy Nash...

No Fat Left To Cut

OTTAWA - Canada's top soldier says the armed forces have no fat left to cut ahead of this week's austerity budget.But Gen. Thomas Lawson told the Senate security and defence committee he understands t...

The Only Soldiers Safe From Budget Cuts?

OTTAWA - It seems the only soldiers who are safe from the coming budget axe are those that parade around Parliament Hill in the changing of the guard ceremony for tourists in the summer, a leaked repo...

You've Got It All Wrong, Flaherty: CCPA

OTTAWA - Canada's leading left-wing think-tank believes Canadians can have their cake and eat it too in the next federal budget — more spending to create jobs while still moving toward balancing the b...

The World Is Watching Canada

OTTAWA - Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says some international observers have expressed shock at the difficulties he's had in prying information from the government.Officials from 22 countri...

Don't Blow It

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is hinting his upcoming budget will include further modest cuts in spending if they're needed to keep the federal government on track to balance the budget by 20...

Why Economics Cannot Be Separated From Politics

One of the hallmarks of contemporary political discourse, or more accurately, the sewer into which the modern right has dragged it, is the characterization of undesirable things as "political," and the corollary implication that anything tainted by the stench of "politics" is undesirable.

How Canucks Avoided the Fiscal Cliff

In a few days the "fiscal cliff" deadline will arrive and potentially bring massive automatic spending cuts and tax increases to the U.S. Even if Congress and the President agree to avoid the cliff, the next crisis awaits. It has long been said that when the U.S. sneezes, Canada catches a cold. So why have these debt-related ailments in the U.S. not afflicted the Canadian government? The answer is that Canada has been practicing what the U.S. always preached. That is why we Canucks are not jumping off cliffs or smashing into ceilings.

What Harper Could Do With the Budget -- But Isn't

The Harper Conservatives will force another odious "Omnibus Budget Bill" through the House of Commons this week. For all the verbiage in this budget legislation, the Conservatives are doing little of consequence to deliver what Canadians really need -- i.e., more economic growth and less inequality.

Quebec Budget: Face to Face with Reality

Once upon a time, in a province where politics generated more suspicion than enthusiasm, at a time when trust was as rare as a rainy day in the desert, a newly-elected government was about to unveil its first budget. The most deplorable thing is that by presenting this budget, the new Quebec government acknowledges the fact that it campaigned on promises he knew were irresponsible and unrealistic.

Up Goes Our Deficit

The Harper government has pushed back its target date for eliminating the deficit by one year, leaving open the possibility it won't be able to fulfil two key election promises on income splitting and...
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Can This Friendship be Saved?

The two best kept secrets in Washington are the degree to which Canadians have been rooting for a post-election American economic turnaround, and the extent to which that turnaround is dependent on removing the barriers to trade with the United States largest export market, Canada. Will Obama lead America there?

Keeping Canada Away From the Fiscal Cliff

When Canada's annual budget deficit came in bigger than expected at $26.2 billion recently, the news didn't spark a sell-off in the markets or an emergency debate in parliament. But that doesn't mean Canadians should be complacent about balancing the budget. As taxpayers, we need to keep our politicians focused controlling costs, keeping taxes affordable, and balancing budgets -- the straight and narrow path that leads us far away from the fiscal cliff.

He's Waiting

Kevin Page, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, has received about 80 per cent of the information he's requested on how much money each government department will save because of the expenditure cuts an...

See You In Court

OTTAWA - Canada's parliamentary budget officer says he'll file court action this week over the refusal of some federal departments to hand over details on billions of dollars in planned cuts by the Ha...


OTTAWA - The Harper government has rejected key reforms demanded by a House of Commons committee to eliminate the arcane rules that prevent MPs from properly scrutinizing billions of dollars in spendi...


OTTAWA - There's a showdown looming between the Parliamentary Budget Officer and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government.Kevin Page has given officials in 56 departments and agencies u...

Is MP Pension Reform Just A Ruse?

OTTAWA - Opposition MPs support slashing their generous pensions but they fear the Harper government is plotting a way to compel them to vote against any reforms to the gold-plated plan.Reforms to the...

Here We Go Again

OTTAWA - Canada's parliamentary engine sputtered back to life with a hyper-partisan bang Monday as the Conservatives sought to tarnish New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair with a plan to impose a carbon ta...

Petition Targets Conservative Cuts

EDMONTON - More than 2,900 people from around the world have signed an online petition aimed at saving a unique open-air freshwater laboratory from federal government budget cuts.About one-third of th...

Ottawa To Axe Thousands More Workers

OTTAWA - A fourth wave of job loss notifications washed over the federal public service Wednesday as the Conservatives appeared to be trying to shore up support for the cuts.Union leaders reported tha...

Tories Hope You're Too Bored To Care About the Budget

Right now, MPs are in parliament for an unprecedented marathon of voting on proposed changes and deletions to the omnibus budget Bill C-38. Of course, you might say most Canadians were sleeping and don't care. That is the kind of logic the Conservative Party uses and wants everyone to accept.