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Saskatchewan’s fiscal crisis reforms in the 1990s provide a roadmap for Atlantic Canada now, which faces similar problems
Fiscal lessons for Atlantic Canada from Saskatchewan is a new study that examines how Atlantic Canada, faced with ongoing budget deficits, can learn from Saskatchewan’s fiscal reforms during the 1990s, when the province went from the brink of insolvency to reducing taxes on personal income, businesses and investment, spurring economic growth.
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First Nations ownership in smaller-scale energy projects key to success
First Nations and the Petroleum Industry—from Conflict to Cooperation finds that, to increase Indigenous ownership in the oil industry, First Nations should focus on small and medium-sized projects rather than mega-projects that require massive assistance from government.
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Commentary and Blog Posts
Does climate change affect economic growth? [[link removed]]
(Appeared in the National Post) by Ross McKitrick
There was some evidence that warming up to 13.4 degrees Celsius is good for economic growth.
New Brunswick takes small step toward ‘revenue-neutral’ carbon tax [[link removed]]
(Appeared in Moncton Times & Transcript) by Jairo Yunis and Alex Whalen
The province’s carbon tax revenue will fund fuel tax reductions or subsidize “green” spending.
Ontario lagging behind neighbours on key economic measures [[link removed]]
(Appeared in the Windsor Star) by Ben Eisen
Between 2000 and 2019, New York's average per-person GDP growth more than doubled Ontario's growth rate.
Government debt interest costs will crowd out essential spending in Ontario [[link removed]]
by Livio Di Matteo
Ontario's debt interest costs will rise by 21 per cent.
‘Sustainability’ fund could help Alberta get off resource revenue rollercoaster [[link removed]]
(Appeared in the Calgary Sun) by Tegan Hill
Provincial program spending increased from $8,012 in 1999/00 to $10,618 by 2006/07.
Increased income support for seniors threatens health care for seniors [[link removed]]
(Appeared in the Hub) by Steven Globerman
The number of Old Age Security beneficiaries is projected to double between 2019 and 2060.
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