Today, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released the annual Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) 2013 in advance of the federal budget expected in late March. This year’s AFB, entitled, “Doing Better Together” proposes a financial plan that focuses on the public good as opposed to austerity measures that undermine growth and hurt low-income Canadians the most. Read more about Alternative Federal Budget seeks to reduce poverty together
Each year, the federal government releases its budget for implementing policies, programs and practices for the following year. Examining these documents closely reveals the underlying values determining the budget’s priorities. CPJ takes an in-depth look at each budget, articulating and at times challenging these values and priorities, setting out justice-oriented priorities and alternatives.
This is the fourth feature in a series highlighting CPJ’s recommendations for the 2013 federal budget in Promoting the Common Good. This week we focus on how Canada should address inequality in order to achieve equitable, sustainable progress. Read more about Addressing Inequality and Productivity
This is the third feature in a series highlighting CPJ’s recommendations for the 2013 federal budget in Promoting the Common Good. Last week we focused on the need for government action to encourage the creation of high-quality jobs. This week we turn to the measures we believe should be implemented to help the country address the challenges associated with Canada’s aging population and possible skills shortages. Read more about Meeting Canada's Demographic Challenges
This is the second feature in a series of highlighting CPJ’s recommendations for the 2013 federal budget in Promoting the Common Good. Last week we explored the need for an economic recovery that includes all Canadians. This week, we discuss the need for government action to encourage the creation of high-quality jobs. Read more about Bringing Unemployment Down: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
As in years past, the House of Commons Finance Committee has asked Canadians to contribute their views on the priorities that should be reflected in the next federal budget. While the committee’s questions mainly focused on economic growth, productivity and GDP, CPJ’s submission, Promoting the Common Good, makes the case that these goals, in and of themselves, fall short. Economic growth at all costs does not equal well-being. Budget choices are not just economic and political, but also moral. Read more about Promoting the Common Good
Bill C-38 is supposed to implement provisions made in the March 29th federal budget. But as CPJ wrote last week, this omnibus Bill includes much more. Over one-third of this legislation deals with environmental issues, much of which was not mentioned in the Budget Speech itself. Here, there are enormous implications for Canadians and the environment. Read more about Bill C-38: Implementing Environmental Neglect?
The word “budget” is defined as “an estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time”. And one would expect government budgets to be just that: an outline of planned tax and spending measures for the coming year. Most would not expect a budget bill to contain major new policy changes and give the government of-the-day sweeping new powers. At least, not until recently. Read more about Bill C-38: An Omnibus by Any Other Name
Pundits have written this budget off as modest, and even better than expected after all the hype over predicted austerity measures. Finance Minister Flaherty himself emphasized that cuts to spending are much smaller than the reductions in the mid-1990s.
In truth, Canadians are about to lose a lot more than pennies in a budget that delivers substantial and politically symbolic cuts. In combination with unilateral changes to federal-provincial transfers, actions taken in the budget are designed to further erode the presence of the federal government in the lives of Canadians—a strategy that translates into the laying off thousands of public servants and elimination of key public programs. Read more about Smoke and Mirrors: What Budget 2012 Really Delivered
We’ve been warned. The next federal budget, expected in March, will be first and foremost about cuts to public programs, with the express goal of reducing the federal deficit over the next few years, and reducing the debt accumulated since the 2008-09 recession. Even as the economic news last Fall suggested that the recovery was losing steam, the Finance Minister was reconfirming the government’s intent to bring down the deficit as quickly as possible. Read more about Federal Budget Watch: Waiting for the other shoe to drop…