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2007 Canadian Government Budgets

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Budgets de 2007 des gouvernements canadiens

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2007 Canadian Government Budgets

- the October 30 Federal Economic Statement 2007
- the April 26 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2007
- the April 19 Alberta Budget 2007
- the April 19 Yukon Budget 2007
- the April 10 PEI Budget 2007
- the April 4 Manitoba 2007 Budget
- the March 23 Nova Scotia Budget 2007
- the March 22 Ontario Budget 2007 + analysis/critique by a number of groups + CCPA's Ontario Alternative Budget 2007
- the March 22/07 Saskatchewan Budget 2007 + CCPA's Saskatchewan Alternative Budget 2007
- the March 19/07 Federal Budget 2007 + analysis, critique and review
- the March 15/07 CCPA Alternative Federal Budget 2007
- the March 13/07 New Brunswick Budget
- the March 7/07 Nunavut Budget 2007
- the February 20/07 British Columbia Budget 2007
- the February 20/07 Québec Budget 2007
- the February 8/07 Northwest Territories 2007 Budget
- the February 7/07 Federal Government online budget consultations

Canada’s Government Delivers Broad-Based Tax Relief for Individuals, Families and Businesses
News Release
October 30, 2007
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today presented the Government’s 2007 Economic Statement, which proposes broad-based tax relief for all Canadians, including a further reduction of the goods and services tax (GST).

Economic Statement 2007: Strong Leadership. A Better Canada
October 30, 2007
Table of contents:
* Overview * Speech * Introduction
* Chapters:
1. Recent Economic Developments and Prospects
2. Fiscal Projections
3. Broad-Based Tax Reductions for Canadians
Annex
Tax Measures: Supplementary Information and Notices of Ways and Means Motions
* Notices of Ways and Means Motions

Overview
"...bold new steps to build a better Canada:
* Reducing taxes further for Canadians, including a further reduction in the goods and services tax (GST).
* Establishing a new era of declining business taxation.
* Reducing the federal debt by $10 billion this year."

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Related links:

Government proposes $60B in tax cuts, with further GST drop
October 30, 2007
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has tabled a motion that calls for $60 billion in tax cuts over the next five years, including a further cut in the GST to five per cent, effective Jan. 1. News of the GST cut came in an economic statement delivered Tuesday afternoon by Flaherty. Normally, the statement contains little more than an update on the government's fiscal position. Not this time.
Source:
CBC

Flaherty offers little to working families
October 30, 2007
Ottawa — Finance Minister Flaherty is once again promising billions more in tax cuts which will provide little lasting benefit to working families, says CUPE National President Paul Moist.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2007
April 26, 2007
- incl. links to : Budget Speech - Budget Highlights - Estimates - The Economy - News Releases

A Vision of Opportunity with New Actions to Address Poverty
News Release
- incl. measures for people with disabilities, low income families, women, youth and seniors (Poverty Reduction Strategy)
Source:
News Releases - links to a dozen releases

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Budget 2007 addresses Alberta's price of prosperity
April 19, 2007
News Release
Budget highlights:
* 14th consecutive balanced budget; $2.2 billion estimated surplus
* $18.2 billion for infrastructure over three years, including $3 billion for health facilities and equipment and $1.3 billion for schools
* Phase-in of a new $1.4 billion Municipal Sustainability Initiative
* 10 per cent operating spending increase to address growth pressures and improve services
* Nearly $200 million in annual income tax savings for Albertans and $22 million for businesses in 2007
* Increased tax credits for charitable donations and post-secondary students; higher tobacco taxes
* A new in-year surplus allocation policy
* Program spending reviews and tight in-year operating spending limits

Alberta Budget 2007
- incl. links to all budget papers

What's in it for me?
- budget info affecting:
* All Albertans * Parents * Seniors * People with disabilities * Low-income Albertans
Selected budget measures:
* $16 million increase in child-care spending
* $20 million to support grants to the Registered Education Savings Plans for children born in 2005 and later, and students aged eight, 11 and 14.
* increased funding to cover tuition costs
* Increased funding for seniors will help to cover higher dental costs and assist seniors with remaining in their home in their community.
* Increased funding for seniors lodges including funding for more units and for lodge operators to provide supports to clients with higher needs.
* Ongoing funding will continue to deliver the Alberta Seniors Benefit program for low-income seniors, and provides all seniors care coverage, education property tax assistance and Aids to Daily Living support.
* Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) benefits increased by $50/month, bringing the total to $1050 per month. This is the third increase in as many years.
* Program funding for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) increases 3.5 per cent to $526 million (...). Funding for PDD has increased by 90 per cent since 1999 while caseloads have grown by 20 per cent.
* A 10-year cross-ministry plan is being implemented to reduce the incidence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
* Funding has increased for Family Support for Children with Disabilities to address increased demand and improve services in rural areas.
* More support for children with special needs in school.
* A five per cent increase in core income support benefits for people on income support who are considered not able to work or who are temporarily unable to work and to all learners.
* Budget 2007 also continues key programs such as: child health benefits, seniors’ benefits and employment and training programs that assist people in need.

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Yukon 2007-2008 Budget
April 19, 2007
- incl. links to all budget papers

2007-2008 Budget Highlights (PDF file - 48K, 3 pages)

Welfare recipients get no boost from Yukon budget
April 20, 2007
Yukon welfare recipients and anti-poverty activists were disappointed to find no change in social assistance rates in the territory's latest budget.
Premier Dennis Fentie delivered a projected $862-million budget on Thursday, the largest in the territory's history. Many who attended the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition's monthly meeting late Thursday had been hoping the big budget would include an increase in monthly social assistance payments. Coalition co-chair Ross Findlater said he was "quite disappointed" with the news.
Source:
CBC

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2007 Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget
April 10, 2007

Budget Address (HTML)
Budget Highlights (PDF)
NOTE: For Estimates of Revenue and Expenses and Capital Estimates, click the PEI Provincial Budget link above and select the file you wish to read.

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Manitoba Budget 2007 : The Building Budget
April 4, 2007
- incl. links to : Minister's Budget Message - Speech - Budget In Brief - The Summary Budget - Budget Papers - The Manitoba Advantage - Manitoba's Action Strategy for Economic Growth - Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue -
Tax Savings Estimator - News Releases - 2007 Budget Documents Request Form

Budget 2007 Highlights

Earlier Manitoba Budgets

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Nova Scotia Provincial Budget 2007
March 23, 2007
- incl. links to:
* Budget Address * Budget Assumptions and Schedules
* Budget Bulletins ( Better/Safer Communities - Connected Communities - Debt Management - Healthy Communities - Key Tax Measures - Prosperous Communities - Smart Communities) * Estimates * Estimates Supplementary Details * Crown Corporation Business Plans * Government Business Plan

Source:
Nova Scotia Department of Finance
[Government of Nova Scotia Home Page ]

Budget Highlights - from the Halifax Daily News

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Ontario Provincial Budget 2007
March 22, 2007
- incl. links to : Budget Speech *Budget Papers - detailed table of contents with links to all related documents* News Release * Highlights * Business Backgrounder * Children Backgrounder (Ontario Child Benefit info)* Economy Backgrounder * Education Backgrounder * Environment Backgrounder * Social Services Backgrounder * Health Backgrounder * Infrastructure Backgrounder * Rural Backgrounder * Property Tax Backgrounder * Federal Backgrounder * Ontario Child Benefit Calculator
NOTE: I've highlighted only selected links above - to access all budget links, click the main budget link above and select from the links down the left margin of the page.

MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT’S 2007 BUDGET EXPANDS OPPORTUNITY
IN A NEW ERA OF ECONOMIC STRENGTH
$2.1 Billion to Help Children and Families, and a Return to Balanced Budgets
March 22, 2007
News Release
Queen’s Park —The McGuinty government’s fourth Budget expands opportunity for all Ontarians by investing in children, continuing to strengthen education, health care and infrastructure and balancing the Budget.

Ontario Budget 2007 Responses - from Barbara Anello of DAWN-Ontario (DisAbled Women's Network Ontario)
March 22, 2007
"Point of clarification: please note that the March 22/07 Ontario Budget did NOT put an end to the clawback."
Budget reactions:
- People from across Ontario are saying Dalton McGuinty's "Don't Believe it Budget" fails to deliver
- CUPE Ontario: Ontario's families will wait for years to benefit from McGuinty's "war" on poverty
- Wellesley Institute: Thanks for the thoughts, but where's the money?
- Ontario Federation of Labour : Wait ...Wait ...Wait
- Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update: What the Ontario Budget Includes on Disability/Accessibility
- John Tory: McGuinty's Budget: No relief, few results for average taxpayers
- Canadian Auto Workers: Ontario Budget Falls Short of Expectations, Hargrove says
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation: Ontario budget increases overall education funding but local programs may still suffer
- Canadian Federation of Students: Ontario Budget Forecast for Students: Higher Tuition Fees and More Debt
- Daily Bread Food Bank: Budget's Ontario Child Benefit gets thumbs up from Daily Bread Food Bank
- Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario: Elementary Teachers Applaud Government Focus on Education
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Community Living Ontario: McGuinty Government's Commitment to Developmental Services Encouraging
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Ontario Association of Food Banks: OAFB welcomes first step on a long journey to reduce poverty in Ontario
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United Ways of Ontario: Budget Addresses Needs of Vulnerable Ontarians
Source:
DAWN-Ontario

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Source:
Google.ca

Related link:

Provincial Pre-Budget Submission on Housing and Homelessness (PDF file - 60K, 4 pages)
08 Dec 2006
The costs of Ontario's affordable housing crisis and homelessness disaster to individuals, communities and government are enormous, yet Ontario's housing spending has been dropping sharply since 2000 and is currently at 14 cents per person per day. The Wellesley Institute, in our provincial pre-budget submission on housing and homelessness, is calling on the Ontario government to:
o honour the housing commitments that it made in 2003;
o stop blocking the $392.5 million in stalled federal housing dollars;
o and, upload the cost of housing back to the provincial level and increase overall housing spending to 25 cents per capita per day as a first step to ramping up housing spending to meet housing need.

Source:
The Wellesley Institute

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What's New from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Ontario Alternative Budget gives Liberals a failing grade, sets out plan to rebuild public services
Press Release
March 5, 2007
TORONTO—Four years after the McGuinty Liberals have been in office, Ontario is still living under the shadow of the Mike Harris/Ernie Eves government, says the 2007 Ontario Alternative Budget (OAB).

Ontario Alternative Budget 2007: No Time to Lose – An Action Blueprint for Ontario (PDF File, 2.1MB, 64 pages)
The McGuinty Liberals were elected in 2003 on the strength of Ontarians’ hopes that their new government would lift the dark cloud over public services left behind by the Harris-Eves Conservative era. There was great promise this new government would restore Ontario to a position of leadership on the key issues of the day. Measured against those expectations, the McGuinty government has, quite simply, been a disappointment.

Ontario Alternative Budget 2007: Budget in Brief (PDF file - 166K, 10 pages)

Fourteen cents a day won't build many homes (PDF file - 150K, 6 pages)
Ontario Alternative Budget Technical Paper #2
February 2007
The Ontario government spends about 14 cents per person per day on affordable housing — less than half the amount spent in 2000 — even though the province’s population and its housing needs continue to grow significantly.

A spinner of tales: Ontario’s Minister of Finance
prepares for his (re-)election budget
(PDF file - 111K, 8 pages)
Ontario Alternative Budget Technical Paper #1
November 15, 2006
In evaluating Ontario’s budget balance forecasts for 2006–07 and beyond, it is important to take note of two key facts. First, the government has adopted a practice of underestimating revenue and overestimating expenditures in its budget forecasts. (...) This has enabled the government to claim extraordinary progress towards its goal of eliminating the deficit that it inherited in 2003-04. Second, Finance Minister Gregory Sorbara is also the chair of the Liberals’ re-election campaign.
Press Release:
Ontario’s finances in better shape than Liberals let on, says Ontario Alternative Budget
November 15, 2006

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Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2007
March 22, 2007
- incl. links to : 2007-08 Budget Summary Book - 2007-08 Budget Estimates - 2007-08 Financial Highlights

Budget highlights and related documents

2007–2008 Saskatchewan Community Resources
Performance Plan
(PDF file - 251K, 35 pages)

Other Departmental Performance Plans for 2007-2008

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"Saskatchewan provincial budget 2007, analysis"
Web search results page
News search results page
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Source:
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Saskatchewan Alternative Provincial Budget
Addressing Poverty and Inequality during a Time of Prosperity
March 21, 2007
* Saskatchewan Alternative Budget 2007: Poverty and Inequality in a Time of Prosperity - PDF File, 498 Kb
* Saskatchewan Alternative Budget 2007: Budget in Brief - PDF File, 129 Kb
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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Federal Budget 2007
Aspire to a Stronger, Safer, Better Canada

March 19
- incl. Speech * Overview * Themes * The Budget Plan * Quick Index

* Budget in Brief: Highlights from each chapter in the Budget Plan.

* Budget at a Glance: A concise summary of the Budget.

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Themes:

Environment and Health
Preserving our Environment and Modernizing our Health Care System

Tax Relief
Tax Relief for Families and Businesses

Fiscal Balance
Restoring Fiscal Balance for a Stronger Federation

Security
A Safer Canada

Capital Markets
Creating a Canadian Advantage in Global Capital Markets

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Related links (analysis, reaction, followup):

Minister of Finance Introduces Bill Implementing Budget 2007 Measures
March 29, 2007
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today introduced a bill in the House of Commons to implement tax measures proposed in Budget 2007 and detailed in the Notice of Ways and Means Motion tabled on March 27, 2007
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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"federal budget 2007, analysis"
Web search results page
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Source:
Google.ca

June 12, 2007
Budget Implementation Bill Is Passed in the House of Commons
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, is pleased that key measures proposed in Budget 2007 were passed today by the House of Commons.
- incl. a summary of Budget 2007 measures
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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From CTV:

Budget 2007

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From CBC:

In Depth: Federal Budget 2007

Flaherty says budget aimed at middle-class families
March 20, 2007
Source:
CBC News

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From the Canadian Labour Congress:

Analysis of the 2007 Federal Budget We Cannot Tax-Cut Our Way to Prosperity
March 20, 2007
Budget 2007 erodes the federal government’s capacity to improve the lives of working people. Tax cuts will benefit profitable corporations without increasing investment in the Canadian economy. The federal government will continue subsidizing oil-sands extraction for nearly a decade. Increased transfers to provincial governments may serve important public purposes, but the Budget’s general thrust is to reduce the proportion of Canada’s economic resources devoted to such purposes.

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From the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Mixed Brew for the ‘Coffee Shop’ Budget (PDF file - 93K, 24 pages)
In bringing down the 2007 Budget, the Finance Minister wanted all to know that he had listened to Canadians. He had talked to ordinary people on the streets. He sat down with folks in coffee shops across the country. He crafted the Federal Budget on the basis of these conversations. The result is a very mixed brew.

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From the Canadian Union of Public Employees:

2007 Federal Budget Summary
March 20, 2007
Harper’s second budget is clearly targeted as an election-ready budget aimed at strengthening their foothold in the middle: middle-income, middle of the country, and middle of the political spectrum.

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From The Wellesley Institute Blog:

First peek at federal budget 2007: Disappointment!
Wellesley Institute backgrounder: A first look at the 2007 federal budget
The 2007 federal budget entirely ignores Canada’s nation-wide affordable housing crisis and homelessness disaster, and is light when it comes to other social determinants of health.
Source:

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From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Tax cut budget out of step with Canadians’ priorities
March 19, 2007
OTTAWA—Today’s federal budget may be a short-term attempt to buy votes but it fails to address the long-term priorities of most Canadians, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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The Turner Report
Garth Turner Unedited
Garth Turner's unadulterated views on the 2007 Budget of his former party
[NOTE: scroll down the main page for several blog entries about the 2007 federal budget.]

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From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

Federal Budget 2007: What does it mean for early learning and child care?

FEDERAL BUDGET 2007
19 Mar 07
Federal budget announces $250 million transfer for early learning and child care. Funding will flow to provinces through the Canada Social Transfer after a transitional year.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=98154

Excerpt from the Budget Plan:
Budget 2007 proposes to provide a 25-per-cent investment tax credit to businesses that create new child care spaces in the workplace to a maximum of $10,000 per space created. It also proposes to provide annual additional funding of $250 million to provinces and territories to support the creation of child care spaces that are responsive to the needs of parents, and are administered in an efficient and accountable manner. This funding will continue to grow over time as a result of the annual 3-per-cent escalator that is part of the renewed CST.

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Responses to Budget from NGOs
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BUDGET MESSAGE ON CHILD CARE: LET PARENTS EAT CAKE
Code Blue for Child Care, 19 Mar 07
http://www.buildchildcare.ca/www/News/Budget_message_on_ch

HARPER’S CUT AND RUN APPROACH HURTING FAMILIES
Child Care Advocacy Association, 19 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/ccaac/alerts.shtml?x=98130

CCCF URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PLAY LEADERSHIP ROLE IN ENSURING QUALITY CHILD CARE FOR FAMILIES
Canadian Child Care Federation, 19 Mar 07
http://www.cccf-fcsge.ca/pressroom/federal_budget07_March19_en.htm

FEDERAL BUDGET FAILS TO MAKE POVERTY REDUCTION A PRIORITY FOR CANADA
Campaign 2000, 19 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/c2000/alerts.shtml?x=98177

OPEN LETTER TO LEADERS OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION PARTIES
Code Blue for Child Care, 17 Mar 07
http://www.buildchildcare.ca/updir/buildchildcare/budget_open_letter.pdf

HARPER’S FLIP ON CHILD CARE SHOWS GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES A FLOP
Code Blue for Child Care, 15 Mar 07
http://www.buildchildcare.ca/www//harpers_flip_on_chil

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ALTERNATIVE FEDERAL BUDGET 2007: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 15 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97941

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Reaction from Opposition Parties
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CONSERVATIVE BUDGET FAILS CANADIANS
Liberal Party of Canada, 19 Mar 07
Excerpt: In 2006, the Conservatives promised 125,000 new child care spaces over 5 years. Fourteen months into its mandate, Canadian families are realizing this promise wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on: there have been zero spaces created in the past year. What’s worse, the so-called Universal Child Care benefit – neither universal nor child care – is fully taxable, and the government will rake in an average of $400 per family thanks to this. The 2006 Child Care Plan was a complete failure. Why should Canadians believe the so-called "new approach" will be any better?
http://www.liberal.ca/news_e.aspx?type=news&id=12583

BUDGET FAILS TO CLOSE PROSPERITY GAP
NDP, 19 Mar 07
Excerpt: Despite the growing need of working families, this government ignored the call for a universal, accessible and affordable national child care program...
http://www.ndp.ca/page/5030

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News articles
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Provinces, territories to share $250M for child-care spaces
Ottawa Citizen, 20 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=98198

It's a sprinkle of cash for all: Conservatives have worked hard to placate voters
National Post, 20 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=98195

The winners and losers [CA]
Penticton Herald, 20 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=98190

Tax break up to $310 to be given for children under 18
Globe and Mail, 20 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=98174

Child care: Tories do an about-face [CA]
National Post, 19 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=98155

Tories reverse course on child care [CA]
Macleans, 15 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97935

Tories expected to flip-flop on child care spaces [CA]
Ottawa Citizen, 15 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97934

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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Good news budget? (federal budget 2007)
March 17, 2007
Helen Henderson
There could be some good news in Monday's federal budget for people with disabilities and their families. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is expected to announce a registered disability savings plan that would help parents set aside money to provide a future for their children. Last year, Flaherty set up a panel of experts to look into the matter. If he follows their recommendations, the plan would work very much like a registered education savings plan and be available to people who qualify for the current disability tax credit.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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Will federal budget deliver new housing program?
Michael Shapcott
March 16, 2007
The Harper government will deliver its second federal budget on Monday, March 19, 2007. Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, and the federal government continues to run multi-billion dollar surpluses (largely because of huge spending cuts - including housing spending - in the 1980s and 1990s). The Wellesley Institute’s 2007 federal pre-budget housing backgrounder looks at some key issues.
Source:
The Wellesley Institute Blog

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From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Federal surplus evaporating: Think-tank
Harper plan at odds with Canadian priorities

Press Release - Alternative Federal Budget
March 15, 2007
OTTAWA — The Harper government is on the brink of exhausting its fiscal surplus on a pre-election spending plan that is at odds with what Canadians want, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.The Centre released a national Environics poll today showing that any government that takes concrete action to reduce Canada’s growing income gap would enjoy support from the majority of Canadians.

* Alternative Federal Budget 2007: Strength in Numbers - PDF File, 855 Kb
* Alternative Federal Budget 2007: Poverty Primer: A Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Inequality in Canada - PDF File, 119 Kb
* What Can Governments Do About Canada's Growing Gap? Canadian Attitudes Towards Income Inequality - PDF File, 1065 Kb
* Alternative Federal Budget 2007: Budget in Brief - PDF File, 159 Kb

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Budget 2007-2008 and Capital Estimates - New Brunswick
March 13, 2007
The 2007-2008 Budget was tabled in the New Brunswick Legislature by Victor Boudreau Minister of Finance on March 13, 2007.
- incl. links to:
* Budget Speech * News release * Fact Sheets * The New Brunswick Economy * Main Estimates * 2007-2008 Pre-Budget Consultation Document
Source:
New Brunswick Department of Finance

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Nunavut Budget 2007-08
March 7, 2007
- incl. Budget Address - Budget Highlights - Budget Backgrounder : Accural Base Budgeting - Fiscal and Economic Outlook - Strengthening Financial Management in the Government of Nunavut
Source:
Nunavut department of Finance

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BC Balanced Budget 2007
February 20, 2007
"Balanced Budget 2005 focused on seniors. Balanced Budget 2006 concentrated on the needs of our children. And this budget — the third of five the government will table in its current mandate — is dedicated to housing, which affects us all." (Excerpt from budget highlights)
- incl. links to all budget papers

Budget 2007 Builds a Housing Legacy
News Release
VICTORIA — A comprehensive range of new supports for British Columbians, including a $250 million Housing Endowment Fund, will help address the housing challenges created by a growing economy, Finance Minister Carole Taylor announced today with the release of Balanced Budget 2007.

Budget Highlights
HTML
PDF

Ministry Service Plans, 2007/08 to 2009/10
- recommended reading if you want to know what each of the ministries is planning for the next three years.
Here (below) are service plans for the ministries responsible for welfare and children's services in British Columbia (follow the service plans link to access other ministries' service plans).

Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance
HTML
PDF
(578K, 52 pages)
NOTE: if you're interested in the "welfare wall" effect (i.e., the potential loss of non-cash benefits such as supplementary health and dental benefits when someone leaves welfare for a job), I highly recommend:
Appendix 3: What Benefits Do Clients Retain
When They Leave Income Assistance For Work?

Ministry of Children and Family Development
HTML
PDF
(332K, 38 pages)

Previous Years' Budgets - back to 1995

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Web search results page
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Related link from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

BC surplus to top $3 billion this year and next
CCPA calls for bold action on poverty and homelessness

Press Release
January 31, 2007
(Vancouver) BC’s budget forecasts have become more fiction than fact, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in its BC Solutions Budget 2007. Since 2002, provincial budgets have underestimated the year-end balance by a total of $10 billion (based on financial reports from the Ministry of Finance) due to extremely pessimistic revenue projections.

* BC Solutions Budget 2007 - PDF file, 330K, 16 pages

* SUMMARY: BC Solutions Budget 2007 - PDF file, 218K, 4 pages

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Québec Budget 2007-2008
February 20, 2007
- incl. links to all budget papers

Budget in brief
- incl. * Quebecers' priorities * Better quality of life * Regions and major cities * Sustainable development and the environment * Other sectors targeted by the budget * Québec-Ottawa relations and the fiscal imbalance

The 2007-2008 Budget at a Glance (PDF file - 932K, 8 pages)

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"Québec budget 2007-2008"
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Source:
Google.ca

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2007-2008 Budget
of the Northwest Territories

February 8, 2007
Budget Address (PDF file - 148K, 13 pages)
Budget Address plus all Budget Papers (PDF file - 491K, 55 pages)

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February 7, 2007
Canada’s New Government Launches Nationwide Pre-Budget Consultations
"The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today launched online consultations, giving Canadians from coast to coast to coast an opportunity to participate in the development of Budget 2007. Canada’s New Government held federal online consultations for the first time during the development of last year’s budget."11
- includes an invitation by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, to Pre-Budget Web Consultations

Related Link:

Online Pre-Budget Consultations for Budget 2007
NOTE this consultation ends at midnight on February 28, 2007.

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Also from Finance Canada:

Remarks by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
January 30

Minister of Finance Stands Firm on Tax Fairness for All Canadians

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