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- the November 16/04 Economic and Fiscal Update 2004
- the May 18 Ontario Budget 2004
- the April 22 Nova Scotia Budget 2004
- the April 19 Manitoba Budget 2004
- the March 31 Saskatchewan Budget 2004
- the March 30 Prince Edward Island Budget 2004
- the March 30 Quebec Budget 2004
- the March 30/04 New Brunswick Budget 2004
- the March 30/04 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2004
- the March 25/04 Yukon Budget 2004
- the March 24/04 Alberta Budget 2004
- the March 17/04 Northwest Territories Budget 2004
- the February 17/04 British Columbia Budget 2004
- the March 23/04 Federal Budget 2004 + - selected reaction and analysis
- the Alternative Federal Budget 2004 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) and selected submissions to the 2004 Federal Pre-Budget Consultations

Economic and Fiscal Update: Stronger Growth and Balanced Budgets for Canada
News Release
November 16, 2004
"Stronger economic growth, balanced budgets and improved management of taxpayer dollars were the main messages delivered today by Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale in his first Economic and Fiscal Update presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance."

The Economic and Fiscal Update 2004
- incl. links to : Overview Pamphlet - Speech - Powerpoint slide presentation used by the Minister

Annexes:
Foreword
1 - Canada's Fiscal Progress.
2 - Economic Developments and Prospects.
3 - Private Sector Five-Year Economic and Fiscal Projections.
4 - Private Sector Five-Year Fiscal Projections: National Accounts – Public Accounts Reconciliation.

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Google.ca News Search Results: "Economic and Fiscal Update, Canada"
Source:
Google.ca

Ontario 2004-2005 Provincial Budget
May 18, 2004
[ version française ]
- incl. links to budget news release, budget highlights and nine backgrounders (including the one below on income support)

Budget speech
Budget papers - links to five papers : Ontario's Finances - Ontario's Economy - Ontario's Revenue Plan - Report on Borrowing and Debt Management Initiatives - A More Transparent and Accountable Budget

Enhancing Income Support Programs (Backgrounder)
"The 2004 Budget is proposing long-overdue increases to income support programs, the first such increases in 11 years. The basic needs and maximum shelter allowances under the Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works will increase by three per cent. There will also be an increase in the maximum benefit provided to families caring for children with severe disabilities. In total, the proposed measures will provide recipients of social assistance with an additional $106 million in benefits annually. Municipalities will not be required to share the cost of these increases until 2005. To further assist low-income parents, the Budget proposes that social assistance benefits not be reduced this fiscal year to take into account the July 1, 2004 increase to the federal National Child Benefit Supplement. In 2004-05, this will mean an extra $7 million in the hands of parents who need it most."

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Source:
Google.ca

Nova Scotia Budget 2004-2005
April 22, 2004
- incl. links to all Budget 2004-05 documents, including Address and Highlights (see below), as well as
budget bulletins, the Government Business Plan, the Crown Corporation Business Plan, Estimates and more
Budget Address
Budget Highlights (PDF file - 409K, 2 pages)

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Google Web Search Results : "Nova Scotia, budget 2004"
Source:
Google.ca

Manitoba Budget 2004
April 19, 2004

Budget Highlights

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Source:
Google.ca

Saskatchewan Budget 2004
March 31, 2004
Source:
Saskatchewan Department of Finance

Budget Highlights (PDF file - 71K, 2 pages)

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Source:
Google.ca

The 2004 Provincial Budget - Prince Edward Island
March 30, 2004
Budget Address [PDF, 916KB]
Highlights [PDF, 220KB]
Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure [PDF, 945KB]

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Source:
Google.ca

Quebec Budget 2004-2005
March 30, 2004
- incl. links to all Budget publications : Speech - Highlights - Budget Plan - Additional Info - Reducing Income Tax - Correcting Fiscal Imbalance
[ version française : Budget du Québec 2004-2005 ]

2004-2005 Budget Speech : A budget of change
Press Release

Budget Speech (40 pages, 111 Kb)
Highlights (26 pages, 81 Kb)
2004-2005 Budget Plan (172 pages, 455 Kb)
Additional Information on the Budgetary Measures (224 pages, 893 Kb)
- incl. Revenue Measures - Expenditure Measures - Other Measures - Financial Impact of Fiscal and Budgetary Measures
Other Budget Papers
Reducing Income Tax (70 pages, 258 Kb)
Correcting Fiscal Imbalance (44 pages, 413 Kb)

Press releases (all dated March 30th, 2004):
- A budget of change
[NOTE: includes an Appendix (small PDF file) showing the amount of the new Child Assistance Measure and the impact of the Work Premium on disposable incomes]
- Priority to health and education
- A $1-billion reduction in the tax burden
- Realizing Québec’s full economic potential

Cash overtakes coercion in Quebec welfare system
April 3, 2004
"QUEBEC -- In what it calls a revolution in the way it deals with poverty, the Quebec government will start offering cash incentives rather than coercion to get welfare recipients into the work force. The Liberal government's anti-poverty strategy unveiled yesterday ensures a minimum annual guaranteed income that will take effect April 1, 2005 -- fully indexed for those who are incapable of working, and indexed at 50 per cent for those who can but refuse to work."
Source:
The Globe and Mail

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Source:
Google.ca

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New Brunswick delivers balanced budget
March 30, 2004
"FREDERICTON (CP) - Like a magician waving a magic wand, New Brunswick Finance Minister Jeannot Volpe has made a projected $350-million deficit vanish in the provincial budget brought down Tuesday."
Source:
Canoe

2004-2005 Budget - Department of Finance
March 30, 2004
On the NB Finance home page, you'll find links to : Budget speech - News release - Highlights booklet - Main Estimates - 2004 Report on the New Brunswick Economy - Government of New Brunswick Workforce Profile - Pre-Budget Consultations 2004-2005 - 2004-2005 Capital Budget
News Release (incl. highlights and fact sheets)
March 30, 2004
"FREDERICTON (CNB) - The New Brunswick government today delivered a balanced budget for 2004-2005 with no new taxes and no tax increases. The budget contains record investments for the priorities of health and senior care, education and children, as well as investments to create jobs and prosperity."

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Source:
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- Go to the Canadian Social Research Links New Brunswick page

Newfoundland Tories table budget with huge deficit
March 30, 2004
"Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservative government brought in a first budget Tuesday with a huge deficit, despite large scale job cuts and project cancellations."
Source:
The Globe and Mail

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2004
March 30, 2004
- incl. links to the Budget Speech - Budget Highlights - News Releases - Estimates - The Economy 2004
Source:
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Google Web Search Results : "Newfoundland budget 2004"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Canadian Social Research Links Newfoundland and Labrador page

Yukon Budget Address 2004-2005 (PDF file - 187K, 51 pages)
March 25, 2004
Related Yukon Budget Papers - incl. links to 2004-2005 Budget Address - Budget Highlights - Capital Estimates - Operation and Maintenance Estimates - 2003-2004 Supplementary Estimates No. 2 - Strengthening the Equalization Program

Google News search Results : "Yukon budget 2004"
Google Web Search Results : "Yukon budget 2004"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Canadian Social Research Links Yukon page

Alberta Budget 2004: On Route, On Course (Budget home page)
March 24, 2004
- incl. quick facts about budget themes: Leading in Learning - Competing in the Global Marketplace - Unleashing Innovation - Making Alberta the Best Place to Live, Work and Visit

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Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Canadian Social Research Links Alberta Links page

Federal Budget 2004 - March 23, 2004

From Finance Canada:

Federal Budget 2004
New Agenda for Achievement
March 23, 2004
- incl. links to : News Release - Multimedia Features - Budget Speech - Budget in Brief - Budget Plan - Budget Themes (Accountability, Communities, Economy, Health, Learning)

Budget Plan - The technical Budget document
HTML version
PDF version
(1.7MB, 390 pages)
Quick Index - links to 49 topics covered in the Budget Plan, from Aboriginals to Voluntary Sector.

Federal Budget 2004 Coverage
Source:
CTV

Budget 2004
Source:
CBC

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Selected reaction to /analysis of Federal Budget 2004

From Campaign 2000 and Citizens for Public Justice

Another Layaway Plan: Budget 2004 Stalls Progress on Child Poverty
News Alert
March 23, 2004
"The 2004 Federal Budget lacks the resolve to address the pressing needs of today’s one million children and their parents who are living in poverty. This stand-pat approach to fiscal prudence leaves vulnerable families still struggling to pay the rent and feed the kids.

Related Links:

What Has Happened to Government's Strategy on Child Poverty?
February 4, 2004
Citizens for Public Justice and Campaign 2000 Response to Federal Budget 2004

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From Charity Village:

Charity changes in budget bring mixed reviews
March 29, 2004
By Nicole Zummach
"Last week's federal budget announced several significant changes to the way that Canada's nonprofit sector operates, particularly in the areas of asset disbursements and accountability."
- detailed info on Federal Budget 2004 changes affecting the nonprofit sector, includes info about the work of the Voluntary Sector Initiative and budget reaction/response from several nonprofit sources

Federal Budget 2004 information pertaining specifically to the voluntary sector
(from the Federal Budget 2004 document)

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The 2004 Federal Budget (PDF file - 75K, 5 pages)
- by TD Economics
Source:
TD Bank Financial Group

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From the Canadian Federation of Students:

Federal Budget Guarantees Higher Student Debt - Not Accessibility
March 23, 2004
"Paul Martin's first budget as Prime Minister will increase student debt and lead to more tuition fee increases, the Canadian Federation of Students said today."

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From the Canadian Labour Congress:

Working Families Still Waiting
March 23, 2004
“Our country’s continued prosperity depends on a high wage, high productivity economy and strong social programs. But this budget is not a strategy for prosperity, it only keeps working families waiting."

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From the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD):

Budget gives Social Development Department little to do
March 23, 2004
"This budget was a missed opportunity for Prime Minister Paul Martin to begin to lay out a social vision for the country. In December, the Prime Minister created the Department of Social Development and named socially progressive Liza Frulla as its first minister. Today, she seems to have little to do."

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From the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO):

Obsession with Debt Precludes Action on Poverty
By Dennis Howlett, Executive Director, National Anti-Poverty Organization
March 24, 2004
[found on the DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario website]

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From the National Association of Women and the Law and the Feminist Alliance for International Action:

Budget 2004: Where is the federal government’s support for Aboriginal women?
March 24, 2004
News Release
"
We face a national crisis regarding the life and security of Aboriginal women in Canada and the Martin government refuses to enact the appropriate measures to deal with it! The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) denounce the Martin government’s first budget and calls for an immediate grant of $10 million to develop strategies that will help keep Aboriginal women safe and alive."
[found on the DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario website]

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From the Fraser Institute:

Cautious Election Budget Short on Vision and Ignores Tax Relief says The Fraser Institute
March 23, 2004
"Vancouver, BC - Prime Minister Martin’s first budget seemed reminiscent of those he presented as Finance Minister, a mish-mash of program announcements, a dearth of tax relief, and very little in the way of an overarching vision, said The Fraser Institute in response to today’s budget announcement."

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From the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Paul Martin’s first budget as PM ignores pressing needs
March 23, 2004
"Paul Martin has delivered a conservative budget, paying down debt instead of meeting urgent social needs.'“The Throne Speech may have been written for Jack Layton but the budget is written for Stephen Harper, says CUPE National President Paul Moist.'This budget doesn’t cut waiting times for surgery by a single day – and it does nothing to stop the creeping privatization of our health care system.'"

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From the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD):

Federal Budget: Welcome News For Canadians With Disabilities: The First Investment In A Decade
March 23, 2004
"Today’s Federal Budget made a down payment on what the Council of Canadians with Disabilities hopes will be a first step toward developing a long term action plan."
[found on the DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario website]

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From the DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario:

Federal Budget: Budget Plan - Persons With Disabilities (pages 17 - 22)
March 23, 2004
Excerpt from the Finance Canada Budget Plan with detailed info on budget measures for people with disabilities.
- incl. Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities - Improving Tax Fairness for Persons With Disabilities and Caregivers - Better Tax Recognition of Disability Supports Expenses - Better Tax Recognition of Caregiver Expenses - Better Workplace Integration - Facilitating Transitions Into Employment

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Google News search results: "Canada, federal budget 2004"
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Source:
Google.ca

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Northwest Territories Budget 2004-2005
March 17, 2004

- incl. links to the 2004 Budget Address and related documents (2003-2004 Main Estimates, 2003-06 Business Plan, 2002-03 Results Report), plus links to previous years' budgets

Source:
Northwest Territories Department of Finance

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British Columbia Budget 2004 - links to all BC Budget papers and related information
News Release - February 17, 2004
Highlights
Budget Speech
Budget and Fiscal Plan
Summary of the Budget and Fiscal Plan 2004/05 - 2006/07

Source:
BC Ministry of Finance

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Source:
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The 2004 Federal Budget Process
Pre-Budget Consultations and the Alternative Federal Budget

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) :

Alternative Federal Budget 2004
- incl. links to the 2004 AFB and four fact sheets

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Minutes of Proceedings and Evidence - Standing Committee on Finance
37th Parliament, 2nd Session
- this is where you'll find briefs from many groups and individuals to the Finance Committee pre-budget consultations.
The content on this page is not easy to navigate, but you'll find some interesting insights in these briefs
TIP: Click on "Index"at the top of the Evidence column on the Minutes page to find a list of presenters and links to their briefs

Here are some examples of pre-budget consultation submissions from selected groups:
NOTE: these aren't from the "Minutes" page (above), but rather from the organizations themselves or a host website.

London & District Labour Council presentation at Pre-Budget Consultations
Standing Committee On Finance And Economic Affairs
28 January 2004

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LIFE*SPIN's presentation at the Pre-Budget Consultations
Standing Committee On Finance And Economic Affairs
28 January 2004

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"Sustaining the Momentum" - Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance for the 2003 Pre-Budget Consultations
News alert
November 10, 2003
Source:
Campaign 2000

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Brief to House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
October 2003
Source:
National Anti-Poverty Organization

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Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance
October 7, 2003
Source:
National Children’s Alliance

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Canadian Union of Public Employees Submission to the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultation

September 23, 2003
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

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Closing the gap (PDF file - 202K, 13 pages)
September 2003
CPJ's brief to federal pre-budget hearings focuses on eliminating the social deficit
Source:
Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)

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House Of Commons Standing Committee On Finance
2003 Pre-Budget Consultations
(PDF file, 130kb).
September 24, 2003
Source:
Canadian Council on social Development


Links to other Canadian government budget sites:

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Source:
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