Five things to know about the 2018 Federal Budget

Today’s federal budget, while not as transformative as last year’s, had important new initiatives related to housing and homelessness.Here are five things to know: New housing investments were announced for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.?Specifically, today’s budget announced $600 million over three years for on-reserve housing; $400 million over…
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Ten proposals from the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget

This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) has just been released. I was proud to be part of this year’s effort, coordinated by staff of the National Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Here are 10 measures proposed in this year’s AFB: Create 470,000 new (full-time equivalent) jobs….
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Alternative Federal Budget 2018: A bold plan for a prosperous future

The following remarks are excerpted from the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget press conference, featuring Gauri Sreenivasan, David Macdonald and Peter Bleyer?(February 22, Parliament Hill).? Today we are releasing the CCPA’s 23rd annual Alternative Federal Budget. Our Budget is a roadmap for policymakers; a set of realistic, fully costed proposals based…
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Is Canada backing away from NAFTA’s unreasonable investment chapter?

Inside US Trade is reporting today that the Canadian government is prepared to let go of NAFTA’s controversial investor-state dispute settlement process (ISDS) in a renegotiated deal, possibly in exchange for keeping NAFTA’s Chapter 19 review mechanism for antidumping and countervailing duty decisions by North American governments. This would be…
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Ten things to know about homelessness in BC

On February 20, the British Columbia government will table its next provincial budget. With that in mind, it’s useful to reflect on the province’s homelessness crisis—along with the various public policy factors that have likely contributed to it. Here are 10 things to know: 1. Public operating spending by BC’s…
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