CBC: The Do’s and Don’ts of Consultation

On May 5th, CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix spoke at the Canadian Club of Montreal to present CBC’s financial situation. The speech was meant to expose the impact of the federal government’s cuts on the public broadcaster, but especially to discuss the new reality brought on by the…
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Quebec’s Budget: Setting the Table for Either a Combative Government in the Face of a Catastrophe or Breathing a Sigh of Relief

The day following his election as Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard ordered a report on the state of the province’s public finances from Luc Godbout and Claude Montmarquette, two economists who have advocated for tax cuts and fee hikes in recent years. This unusual procedure led to the usual conclusion,…
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Ontario job situation still in need of a helping hand

Job statistics have certainly been making the headlines this week. On Tuesday, Canada’s Auditor General published a report warning that Statistics Canada’s job vacancy data still leaves many people in the dark about the type of skills in demand and the regions with job vacancies present. On Friday morning, the…
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How NOT to Create a Million Jobs

In a recent media event at a Toronto sound studio to launch his campaign for the Ontario election, Conservative leader Tim Hudak made an interesting comment that is worthy of serious consideration by Ontario voters — and anyone else concerned with unemployment during this brutal, austere era. Mr. Hudak was…
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Infrastructure and Ontario’s magical thinking

The government’s commitment to infrastructure emphasizes the need to take the politics out of transportation infrastructure planning, but the announcement itself is larded through with traditional Ontario infrastructure politics. It talks about listening to the advice of experts, but reasserts its support for the widely condemned extension of Toronto’s subway…
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