Flaherty Budget

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Flaherty's Legacy: The Good, The Bad & The Very Ugly

Flaherty, who was only 64 when he died, was devoted to his family and one of the most popular Members of Parliament. And while his life achievements and humanity should be praised, it also needs to be said that during his time in the federal government his policies severely discriminated against the vast majority of Canadians. With apologies to Clint Eastwood, the Flaherty/Harper contributions to the economic life of the country can be broken into three main areas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
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The Squeeze Continues

OTTAWA - The Conservative government continues to ratchet in the iron corset that will squeeze an eye-catching election-year surplus for the Canadian body politic.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's 10th...
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Why Austerity Matters to Canada

Prime Minister Harper is proving a political populist by practice and fiscal hawk by necessity; his finance minister, Jim Flaherty, is actually more the reverse. That tandem is holding, for now. A new Bank of Canada governor means renewed focus on the country's economic direction.
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WATCH: What's On Flaherty's Shoe?

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...
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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...

There's Nothing Canadian About This Budget

Whether it's marginalizing low-income seniors by increasing the qualifying age for OAS, or cutting funds to regional development programs that create jobs, or not announcing any new funding for affordable housing -- when the existing program funds are set to expire soon -- this budget is simply wrongheaded, misguided, prejudicial, and disconnected from the needs of Canadians.

The Sunny Side of the Budget

It's done! The budget is a vigorous economic action plan for Canada. Most important, it is a long-term vision. Many measures have been adopted to ensure that government policies encourage the creation of wealth and private-sector jobs. What are the changes?

Budget Schmudget, Canadians are Sittin' Pretty

With Greece and other peripheral euro zone countries on the verge of debt implosion, Japan's deficit soaring above Mount Fuji, and the U.S. at a stage where a one trillion dollar deficit would be seen as a successful budget, Canada's deficits appear minor.
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The Budget Goes West

From the perspective of the three westernmost provinces, there were some promising measures in the latest budget: Outside pressure from over-zealous environmentalists and the current regulatory framework threaten to undermine productivity in the resource sector. The budget attempts to streamline the process. It also attempts to help with Western labor shortage through immigration reform.