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NEW

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Updated to June 2011

[NOTE : this is now a separate page of links.]


Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2009
October 22, 2009


Nova Scotia Budget 2009-2010
September 24, 2009
- also includes links to the May 2009 budget of the previous government


British Columbia September Budget Update 2009
September 1, 2009


Nova Scotia 2009 Budget
May 4, 2009


Prince Edward Island 2009 Budget
April 16, 2009


Alberta Budget 2009
April 7, 2009


2009 Ontario Budget + selected analysis and review
March 26, 2009


Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2009
March 26, 2009


Manitoba Budget 2009-10
March 25, 2009


Yukon Budget 2009
March 19, 2009


Québec Budget 2009-2010
March 19, 2009


Saskatchewan Budget 2009-10
March 18, 2009


Province of New Brunswick 2009-2010 Budget
March 17, 2009


Budget 2009 - Province of British Columbia
February 17, 2009


2009 Budget - Government of the Northwest Territories
February 5, 2009


Federal Budget 2009 (January 27, 2009)
- main budget page of the federal Finance Department

***ActionPlan.gc.ca and
Canada's Economic Action Plan Quarterly Reports

(incl. IMF Supports Canada's Economic Action Plan)
March 11, 2009


*** Media coverage of Federal Budget 2009
- from selected sources: CBC - CTV - Globe and Mail - Toronto Star - Vancouver Sun - Google.ca News

*** Federal Budget 2009 Analysis (incl. selected links to pre-budget consultations)
- from selected sources: Wellesley Institute * Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives * Canadian Union of Public Employees * Canadian Labour Congress - Campaign 2000 - Citizens for Public Justice

*** Speech from the Throne - January 26, 2009


The links below are organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top of the list.


The links below are direct links to the latest provincial /territorial government budget websites.

* Newfoundland and Labrador (March 26, 2009)
[ NL budgets for earlier years ]

*Prince Edward Island (April 16, 2009)
[includes links to PEI budgets for earlier years ]

* Nova Scotia (September 24, 2009)
NOTE: The Tory govt. fell after tabling its budget on May 4, 2009.
[ NS budgets for earlier years ]

*New Brunswick (March 17, 2009) [français]
[ includes links to NB budgets for earlier years ]

*Québec (March 19, 2009) [ français ]
[ QC budgets for earlier years ]

*Ontario (March 26, 2009) [ français ]
[Ontario budgets for earlier years ]
* Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2009 (October 22, 2009)

*Manitoba (March 25, 2009) [ français ]
[ Manitoba budgets for earlier years ]


* Saskatchewan (March 18, 2009)
[ SK budgets for earlier years ]

*Alberta (April 7, 2009)
[ AB budgets for earlier years ]

* British Columbia (February 17, 2009)
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* BC September 2009 Budget Update (September 1, 2009)
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[ BC budgets for earlier years ]

*Northwest Territories (February 5, 2009)

* Yukon (March 19, 2009)
[includes links to YK budgets for earlier years ]

*Nunavut (February 20, 2008)
[ Nunavut budgets for earlier years ]

* Canada (January 27, 2009) [ français ]
Budget 2009: Canada's Economic Action Plan
[ Federal budgets for earlier years ]

[ ActionPlan.gc.ca ]

 

See also:

2009-10 Budgets
Highlights of the federal and provincial budgets

NOTE: this page is updated each time a new budget is tabled.

Source:
Deloitte & Touche
(Canada)
Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services through more than 7,700 people in 57 offices.




Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2009 - October 22, 2009

Ontario 2009 Fall Economic Statement

Global Economic Recession Causes Increase in Deficit
News Release
October 22, 2009
The McGuinty government outlined today in the 2009 Fall Economic Statement how it is helping Ontario individuals, families and businesses through the global recession and positioning the province for future job creation and economic growth.

Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2009
Using the most recent information available at October 15, 2009, the 2009 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review updates the economic assumptions from the 2009 Ontario Budget. The impact of these changes is applied to the government’s revenue and expenditure projections, which revise the anticipated financial results for the current fiscal year.


Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2009
* PDF version
(1.7MB, 94 pages)
* HTML version - Table of Contents:
Foreword
Chapter I: Confronting the Challenge
Chapter II: Ontario's Economic Performance and Outlook
Chapter III: Fiscal Outlook
Chapter IV: Borrowing and Debt Management
Chapter V: Creating a More Competitive and Modern Tax System
Chapter VI: How to Participate in the 2010 Pre-Budget Consultations
Economic Data Tables
- also includes links to backgrounders on transparency in taxation and other related topics

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Ontario deficit could reach $24.7B: Duncan
Provincial economy expected to shrink 3.5%
October 22, 2009
Ontario's deficit is expected to reach $24.7 billion in the current fiscal year, provincial Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced Thursday. And the province's economic output is expected to show a decline of 3.5 per cent for 2009, Duncan said in the Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, which he released at Queen's Park. Declining corporate tax revenues and increasing demand for public services have dragged down the government's bottom line, Duncan said. Corporate tax revenues dropped by an "unprecedented" 48.1 per cent in 2008-09, or by more than $6 billion, the report says.
Source:
CBC

Deficit slaps $1,891 for each Ontarian
Pummelled by the recession, bruised by stimulus measures, Ontario runs a record $24.7B deficit
By Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson
October 23, 2009
Every Ontario man, woman and child owes an additional $1,891 thanks to a record provincial deficit of $24.7 billion, greater even than the impact of Ottawa's massive shortfall on each Canadian.Finance Minister Dwight Duncan delivered the revised deficit projection for this fiscal year in the fall economic statement Thursday, saying Ontarians must wait until the March budget to learn what sacrifices will have to be made as the Liberals cobble together a restraint plan to eliminate the record shortfall. Duncan admitted he and Premier Dalton McGuinty have no idea yet how the government will tackle the problem.
Source:
Toronto Star

Ontario government gives housing dollars with one hand, takes away more with the other
October 24, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
The Ontario government is helping households across the province cope with deep and persistent housing insecurity and homelessness by making a big 7% ($52.1 million) cut to spending at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, according to the province's fall economic account. Over the past four years, MAH has seen its annual operating funding cut by $222.4 million (that's almost a quarter of a billion dollars) - adding up to a painfully deep 24% cut since fiscal 2005. Over the past four years, the cumulative spending cuts at MAH add up to $657.1 million. This is enough to finance the construction of more than 4,380 new affordable homes.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]

Related link (lower down on the page you're now reading):

Ontario Budget 2009 (March 26, 2009)
("...
the 2009 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review updates the economic assumptions from the 2009 Ontario Budget.')

Nova Scotia Budget - September 24, 2009

Nova Scotia Budget Address
For the fiscal year 2009–2010

September 24, 2009
HTML version
PDF version (119K, 17 pages)

NOTE: On May 4, 2009, Nova Scotia's Tory government was defeated on a money bill.
The new NDP government tabled its first budget on September 24, 2009.

2009-10 Budget Overview
September 24, 2009
The province of Nova Scotia is tabling a budget with a deficit of $592.1 million for 2009–10.

Highlights (PDF - 51K, 2 pages)

Budget Assumptions & Schedules (PDF - 438K, 94 pages)

Budget Bulletin: Tax Changes and Incentives for Nova Scotians

Budget Bulletin: Capital Spending

Budget Documents
- incl. links to : Budget Address - Executive Summary - Budget Facts - Budget Highlights - Estimates - Estimates Supplementary Detail - Crown Corporation Business Plans - Government Business Plan - links to previous years' budgets

Related links:

No help for the poor
November 14, 2009
Blog entry posted by Bruce Wark
Friday November 13th was an unlucky day for poor Nova Scotians. That's the day four economists (three men and one woman) released their recommendations outlining the economic path the new NDP government should follow. The 94-page report had little to say about the perennial problem of poverty in Nova Scotia. It focussed instead on how the provincial government should balance its books --- not next year as the NDP promised during the spring election campaign --- but within the next four years.
Source:
Halifax Media Co-op
[ Dominion Newspaper Cooperative ]
The Dominion Newspaper Cooperative, a grassroots Canadian newspaper and website that has been publishing since May 2003, has entered into a new phase for the Co-op - and for journalism in Canada. In February 2009, we launched our first 'local' in Halifax. The Halifax Media Co-op is a member-funded media cooperative that aims to combine participatory, democratically produced media with professional standards.

The Advisory Panel's report:

Addressing Nova Scotia's Fiscal Challenge
A report prepared by the Nova Scotia Economic Advisory Panel
(PDF - 1.2MB, 95 pages)
November 2009
Table of contents:
* Assessing the Fiscal Challenges Facing the New Government - by Tim O’Neill
* Delivering on “Making Life More Affordable for Nova Scotia Families”—an Economic Perspective - by Lars Osberg
* Reviewing the Expenditure Budget: Lessons Learned - by Donald J. Savoie
* Shaping a Path for Growth and Prosperity in Nova Scotia - by Elizabeth Beale

Executive summary (PDF - 213K, 12 pages)

Source:
Office of Policy and Priorities
[ Government of Nova Scotia ]

Related links:

Newshounds grill Dexter
November 16, 2009
Blog entry posted by Bruce Wark
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and his Finance Minister, Graham Steele underwent a sustained grilling today at the hands of the Halifax media. Reporters demanded to know why the pair could consider raising taxes, cutting spending and not balancing next year's budget when only a few months ago during the provincial election campaign, they promised a balanced budget with no tax hikes or major spending reductions."We did not have the information that we have today," a grim-faced Dexter told his inquisitors. "Six months ago, no one would have believed what we're facing today."
Dexter and Steele were reacting to the report of the Nova Scotia Economic Advisory panel released on Friday. The panel warned that trying to balance next year's budget would wreak havoc on the economy as well as on public services that people need. It also warned that tax increases and spending reductions would be needed to balance the budget in four years. Without such measures, the province would face a budget shortfall of $1.3 billion by 2013.
Source:
Halifax Media Co-op

Tax hikes, spending cuts on table in N.S.
No balanced budget next year despite campaign promise
November 17, 2009
Nova Scotians can expect taxes to rise and programs to be cut as part of the NDP government's fiscal plan. Those two strategies, along with spurring economic development, must be considered because of the province's dire finances, Premier Darrell Dexter said Monday. Dexter also said he won't be able to balance the books next year, despite vowing to do so while on the campaign trail last spring. ("... But there are economic realities that we are faced with today that we did not know six months ago")*. Dexter was responding to the recommendations of a panel of economic advisers, released last Friday. The four-person panel, which Dexter appointed in August, urged the government to forget about eliminating the deficit until 2012, saying that introducing a balanced budget next year would further damage a weak economy.
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* Sounds like a page from Dalton McGuinty's lament when his Liberals took over from the Tories in Ontario in 2003...
[ In its first budget after that election, the McGuinty government broke a key Liberal campaign pledge not to raise taxes, and it justified the about-face by railing at every opportunity about the previous (Conservative) government's "hidden deficit" of $5.6 billion dollars.]

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Province of Nova Scotia Financial Review
Interim Report
7 August 2009
The people of Nova Scotia elected a new Government on 9th June 2009, and the newly appointed Executive Council was sworn in on 19th June, 2009. During the election campaign the new Government committed to an immediate review of the Province.s finances upon entering office. Deloitte & Touche LLP has been contracted to assist the new Government of Nova Scotia with an independent review and analysis of the Province of Nova Scotia.s current and future financial position.
Source:
Deloitte & Touche LLP

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N.S. Tory government defeated on money bill
May 4, 2009
HALIFAX -- After three years in power, Nova Scotia's sometimes gaffe-prone minority government fell on Monday, setting the stage for an early June election call. Premier Rodney MacDonald says he will meet with Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis on Tuesday to discuss the fate of his government, but he expects an election to be held on June 9. The Conservative government lost a vote Monday on a bill that would have allowed it to miss legally required debt payments, which it considered a matter of confidence. The government's defeat was widely expected sometime this week and it came as no surprise to MacDonald.
(...)
The government had introduced its 2009-10 budget earlier Monday, although it was largely a political exercise as the document will die with an election call. [bolding added]
Source:
CTV News

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NOTE: Even though the government was defeated (not on the budget itself, but rather a separate money bill) and an election has been called, the budget papers contain a lot of useful information on provincial government expenditures and business plans and suchlike. You can find those by clicking the first link below and scrolling down the "2009" column. You can also find budget papers for earlier years back to 1996 in the left-hand column on that page.

Nova Scotia Budget 2009-2010 Budget Papers
May 4, 2009
"The province of Nova Scotia is tabling its eighth consecutive balanced budget in 2009–2010, estimating a surplus of $4 million."
- links to all budget documents, including the Budget Address, Highlights, Budget Bulletins, Estimates, Supplementary Detailed Estimates, Crown Corporation Business Plans, Government Business Plan and more

February 2009 Pre-Budget Consultations (PDF - 35K, 13 pages)

Earlier NS Budgets - back to 1996

British Columbia September Budget Update 2009
- September 1, 2009

British Columbia
September Budget Update 2009

Protecting Vital Services, Building for the Future (PDF - 99K, 2 pages)
News Release
September 1, 2009
VICTORIA — The B.C. government is protecting vital services and positioning British Columbia for renewed economic growth, Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced today as he released the September Budget Update 2009.
(...) The Budget Update contains revised deficit forecasts of $2.8 billion in 2009/10, $1.7 billion in 2010/11, and $945 million in 2011/12.

September Budget Update 2009
Government of British Columbia
- main budget page, includes links to the Budget Speech and all budget papers (backgrounders, budget and fiscal plan, estimates, Ministry service plans, and more).

September Budget Update
2009/10 – 2011/12
(PDF - 2.2MB, 172 pages)
September 1, 2009
- the principal budget document; it lays out the Province’s three-year fiscal plan, including economic outlook, revenues, spending, tax measures, and forecasting risks and assumptions.

Ministry Service Plans
- provides an overview of every ministry, including how they intend to achieve their service goals and how they support the direction laid out in the Government Strategic Plan.
[ Ministry of Housing and Social Development Service Plan (PDF - 891K, 28 pages) - Ministry responsible for welfare in BC ]
[ Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF - 135K, 20 pages) - Ministry responsible for child and family services in BC ]
(Click the Ministry Service Plans link above to access service plans for other ministries)

Government Strategic Plan (PDF - 7.5MB, 24 pages)
- sets out an overarching vision, goals and priority actions for the Province of British Columbia for the next 10 years.

Budget in Brief (PDF - 415K, 8 pages)

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B.C. heads for $2.8B deficit
September 1, 2009
The B.C. government is forecasting its biggest annual deficit ever — $2.8 billion — Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced Tuesday in the legislature as he tabled his first budget update since the May election. Despite that shortfall, Hansen said funding for health care, education and social services will all increase, while both personal and small-business taxes will be cut to the lowest levels in Canada.
NOTE: in the right-hand margin of the page with the CBC article, you'll find links to at least a half-dozen more BC Budget articles.
Source:
CBC News

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B.C. increases budget for welfare, kindergarten and forest fires
By Rebecca teBrake
September 1, 2009
The provincial government will spend more on welfare, kindergarten and forest fires despite announcing $3.4 billion in spending cuts. Tuesday’s budget update was a sombre affair for the most part, with Finance Minister Colin Hansen announcing a $2.8-billion deficit and $3.4 billion in budget cuts over the next three years. But the province will increase spending to the tune of $1.1 billion in priority areas including welfare, emergency homeless shelters, prosecutions, forest fires, municipal infrastructure, treaties, tourism and kindergarten.
Source:
Vancouver Sun

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Record Deficit a Big Surprise, Say BC Liberals
During May's election Hansen glimpsed red ink, but lacked a 'crystal ball'.
By Andrew MacLeod
British Columbia Finance Minister Colin Hansen is projecting a record deficit of $2.8 billion, according to a budget update he presented today. It's a figure five times larger than the $495 million projected in February and insisted upon by Premier Gordon Campbell during the election campaign.
Source:
TheTyee.ca

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BC's Bizarre Fiscal Plan
The government seems to be jamming its feet on both the brake pedal and accelerator.
September 1, 2009
By Will McMartin
"(...)The Campbell government clearly understands that fiscal and economic stimulus is a good and necessary thing during the current economic downturn. And, yet, the BC Liberals also appear to have a perverse obsession about cutting government spending — no matter the cost to British Columbia's 'general interest'."
Source:
TheTyee.ca

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Take Two: BC Budget 2009 September Update
By Marc Lee
September 1, 2009
The September BC Budget is a new look at a budget most have come to see as a fake. February’s budget was not passed through the legislature due to the May election, and up to E-Day the government maintained the fiction that it had a small-ish deficit of just under half a billion dollars. Since that time, the government has moved out of denial about the recession and revealed that it could not in fact meet its deficit target, accompanied by loud noises about expenditure cuts through the summer.
Source:
Progressive Economics blog

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September 1, 2009
Budget Deficit and Deceit
The Campbell government plans to balance its budget by 2013-2014. That plan calls for tabling a budget in February 2013, holding an election in May 2013 and having a new replacement budget in September 2013. It looks like the B.C. Liberals think voters will fall for the 2009 trick again and again. Between now and the next election, all of the budgets that will be tested by audited financial statements, Public Accounts, will show deficits, beginning with a deficit of $2.8 billion this year. You won't find it in the government's budget highlights, but Finance Minister Colin Hansen's September budget update announced an 18% increase in MSP premiums. BC has set several Canadian records: the highest child poverty, the lowest minimum wage and the only province to use regressive premiums to fund health care.
Source:
Strategic Thoughts.com

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Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"British Columbia budget 2009"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

 

Nova Scotia Budget 2009
May 4, 2009

N.S. Tory government defeated on money bill
May 4, 2009
HALIFAX -- After three years in power, Nova Scotia's sometimes gaffe-prone minority government fell on Monday, setting the stage for an early June election call. Premier Rodney MacDonald says he will meet with Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis on Tuesday to discuss the fate of his government, but he expects an election to be held on June 9. The Conservative government lost a vote Monday on a bill that would have allowed it to miss legally required debt payments, which it considered a matter of confidence. The government's defeat was widely expected sometime this week and it came as no surprise to MacDonald.
(...)
The government had introduced its 2009-10 budget earlier Monday, although it was largely a political exercise as the document will die with an election call. [bolding added]
Source:
CTV News

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NOTE: Even though the government was defeated (not on the budget itself, but rather a separate money bill) and an election has been called, the budget papers contain a lot of useful information on provincial government expenditures and business plans and suchlike. You can find those by clicking the first link below and scrolling down the "2009" column. You can also find budget papers for earlier years back to 1996 in the left-hand column on that page.

Nova Scotia Budget 2009-2010 Budget Papers
May 4, 2009
"The province of Nova Scotia is tabling its eighth consecutive balanced budget in 2009–2010, estimating a surplus of $4 million."
- links to all budget documents, including the Budget Address, Highlights, Budget Bulletins, Estimates, Supplementary Detailed Estimates, Crown Corporation Business Plans, Government Business Plan and more

February 2009 Pre-Budget Consultations (PDF - 35K, 13 pages)

Earlier NS Budgets - back to 1996

- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

Prince Edward Island Budget 2009
April 16, 2009

Prince Edward Island 2009 Budget - main budget page
April 16, 2009

Provincial Budget Address

Highlights [PDF - 535K]

Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure [PDF -5 MB]

Related link:

P.E.I. forecasts $85M deficit, announces new stroke unit
April 16, 2009
The P.E.I. government is projecting big increases in revenue in 2009-10, but even bigger increases in spending, settling on a deficit of just over $85 million.The Department of Health is the biggest beneficiary of the new spending, with an extra $28 million. The biggest announcement from that department is a new 10-bed stroke unit at Charlottetown's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Previously, specialized stroke treatment was only available out of province. Education also got a big boost, split between two departments. Innovation and Advanced Learning added $22 million to its budget, including $16 million in job training through Labour Market Development, while $5 million will be shared among the province's three post-secondary schools.
Source:
CBC Prince Edward Island

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

Alberta Budget 2009
April 7, 2009

Alberta Budget 2009, Building On Our Strength - main budget page
April 7, 2009

Budget 2009 Documents (some of these links appear below)
- incl. links to:
* Budget Speech
* Highlights Brochure
* Budget 2009 Highlights and Accountability Statement
* 2009-12 Fiscal Plan:
o Table of Contents and Fiscal Overview
o Spending Plan
o Revenue Outlook
o Fiscal Plan Tables
* 2009-12 Capital Plan
* 2009-12 Economic Outlook
* Tax Plan
* Response to the Auditor General
* Government and Ministry Business Plans Index
* Estimates Documents Index

Budget Speech (PDF - 173K, 10 pages)

Budget 2009 builds on strength to foster growth and support programs for Albertans
Stelmach government has flexibility to deal with difficult times
News Release
April 7, 2009
Budget highlights:
* $23.2 billion over three years to build health facilities, schools, and roads - includes funding for carbon capture and storage, and GreenTRIP.
* 3.7-per-cent increase in operating spending to address population growth and inflation.
* Priority areas of health, education, advanced education, seniors and children services account for 75 per cent of the operating increase.
* Taxes remain lowest in Canada; tobacco tax increases and liquor markup is raised.
* Forecast $36.4 billion in spending in 2009-10; $31.7 billion in revenue.
* $4.7 billion deficit forecast for 2009-10; surplus forecast in 2012-13.
* $2 billion in fiscal corrective actions to be taken in 2010 if situation does not improve beyond forecast.
* New fiscal framework allows for transfers from Sustainability Fund to offset deficits.
Source:
News releases (9), Charts and graphs (17), Audio files (8) <===numbers in parentheses represent how many of each type of info

Highlights (PDF - 167K, 2 pages)
Government has a 4-point plan that will help position Alberta for a strong economic recovery.
Emphasis will be placed on:
* keeping a close eye on government spending;
* drawing down our savings to protect the programs and services Albertans depend on;
* continuing to invest in public infrastructure to support jobs and the economy; and
* promoting Alberta to a global market.

Related links:

Small hike in welfare budget criticized
By Trish Audette
April 15, 2009
Despite a recession that has cost the provincial economy more than 44,000 jobs since the start of the year, the government topped up income support funding by just two per cent in this year's budget, drawing criticism from those who work with unemployed Albertans. But Employment and Immigration Minister Hector Goudreau said the cash injection to Alberta Works, which funds people on welfare, should be seen as a positive "in that it wasn't cut. I think that the mandate is not to provide welfare or financial support. Our mandate is to try to take people and put them into training positions and get them into the workforce as soon as possible," he said. "We're trying to move people through the system."
Source:
The Edmonton Journal

Alberta budget to eliminate health-care premiums by 2009
April 7
Saying the time has come for Albertans to reap added benefits from the province's prosperity, Premier Ed Stelmach's government unveiled a budget Tuesday that promises to eliminate health care premiums on Jan. 1, 2009. (...)
Government figures suggest the change will save the average family $1,056 a year, with total savings to Albertans and businesses estimated at $1 billion. The 2008-09 financial plan also calls for record spending of $37 billion, up 9.7 per cent over last year, fuelled by $11 billion in energy revenues and a growing tax base. Included in that is $22.2 billion over three years to build roads, schools, health-care facilities and other critical infrastructure.
Source:
CBC Edmonton

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Alberta gov't tables budget with $4.7B deficit
April 7, 2009
The 2009 Budget unveiled on Tuesday has a dubious claim: it marks the biggest deficit in Alberta history. After 15 years of delivering balanced budgets, the Province announced it expects to be $4.7 billion in the red by the end of the fiscal year, followed by projected deficits of $2.4 and $1.8 billion for 2010 and 2011. The province will also once again begin borrowing money. Finance Minister Iris Evans believes going into debt is worth it if it will keep Albertans working.
Source:
CTV Edmonton

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Alberta to post the biggest deficit in its history
April 7, 2009
EDMONTON — Alberta expects to post a $4.7-billion deficit this year — the largest in provincial history — as the former darling of the Canadian economy sinks into the red over four consecutive years. The resource-rich province has been brought to its knees by collapsing energy prices, a slumping stock market and declining corporate investment. But despite all the problems, the province introduced a 2009-2010 budget yesterday that has adopted a status quo fiscal plan that signals a major departure from other Canadian jurisdictions. Governments across the country have either slashed corporate taxes or injected money into infrastructure programs to save jobs and kick-start the troubled economy.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm
- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Ontario Budget 2009
March 26, 2009

2009 Ontario Budget - main budget page
[ version française ]
March 26, 2009
- incl. links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)

Ontario Budget Creates Jobs for Families Today
and Builds Economy for Tomorrow
McGuinty Government Invests $32.5 Billion
in Infrastructure, Proposes Sales Tax Reform and $10.6 Billion in Tax Relief for People
News Release
March 26, 2009
The McGuinty government's 2009 Budget lays out a plan to help families affected by the global economic crisis and positions Ontario to become more competitive for a more prosperous future. The Ontario government is investing $34 billion over two years to stimulate the economy. This timely and targeted investment includes $32.5 billion in infrastructure spending and nearly $700 million in additional funding for skills training. This will preserve or create more than 300,000 jobs over the next two years to support Ontario's families and communities. The government is proposing to accelerate the phase-in of the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) two years ahead of schedule, increase social assistance rates and invest in social housing infrastructure.

Ontario Budget 2009
HTML version - Table of Contents + links to individual sections
PDF version (1.2MB, 171 pages)

Budget Highlights

Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy and the 2009 Budget
"(...) The Poverty Reduction Strategy' target is to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over the next 5 years. All low-income families with children would see the benefits of this strategy, which would help lift 90,000 children out of poverty. The government, however, cannot do this alone. Meeting this goal depends on having a willing partner in the federal government, as well as a growing economy.
- incl. info on enhancements to the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB), tax relief for families and individuals, a new youth opportunities strategy, community hubs, Social Assistance rate increases and review of social assistance "with the goal of removing barriers and increasing opportunity — with a particular focus on people trying to move into employment from social assistance."
(Hmmmm - the terminology used here reminds me of the way Mike Harris used to describe his hand-up-not-handout-USA-Jobs-First-style-Common-Sense-Revolution approach - Gilles.)
- also incl. info on support for housing, Ontario's minimum wage, a new Deprivation Index for Ontario, the Poverty Reduction Act, and initiatives the McGuinty government has introduced since 2003-04 to support low-income families and individuals

Backgrounder: Investing in Children and Families
- incl. * Accelerating Ontario Child Benefit Payments * Establishing Community Hubs * Supporting Ontarians Receiving Social Assistance * Support for Social Housing * Stable Funding for Rent Banks * Assisting Low-Income Workers * Support for Seniors * Tax Relief for People

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Ontario makes progress on poverty reduction, but job still unfinished
March 26, 2009
Today’s budget took crucial steps to bring Ontario closer to the goal of reducing poverty by 25% by 2013. But the budget needed to go further to help low-income individuals and families get by in current tough economic times, said the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction. (...) The 25 in 5 Network identified five critical areas for government action, released in its Blueprint for Economic Stimulus and Poverty Reduction in February. The budget delivered on the Ontario Child Benefit, made significant progress on affordable housing, fell short on social assistance, missed the mark entirely on early learning and child care, and went halfway on labour standards.
Source:
25 in 5 Poverty Reduction Network
25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more
than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty.

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From the Wellesley Institute Blog:
[ Wellesley Institute ]

Ontario budget 2009: Battered social infrastructure gets little relief
March 27, 2009
By Rick Blickstead
Ontario’s critically important social infrastructure is taking a battering in the current recession, but the 2009 provincial budget offers almost no relief. Community-based health, social services and housing providers are on the front lines in delivering the practical and basic supports that people who are suffering the most in the current recession desperately need. Community health and service providers are facing the double-whammy of increased demand for services while funding continues to deteriorate.

Ontario budget 2009: Health inequalities virtually ignored
March 27, 2009
By Bob Gardner
The deep and persistent inequalities in health among Ontarians have been all but ignored in the 2009 Ontario budget. Over three times as many low-income adults report their health to be only fair or poor as high-income; over 50% more low income adult men have two or more chronic conditions than high-income.

Ontario budget 2009: Ontario
housing policy now being written by feds

March 26, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
Ontario housing policy is now being written by the federal government – that’s the grim news in the 2009 provincial budget, released today. While the Ontario government promised in its poverty reduction strategy that it would launch a provincial housing consultation in the spring of 2009, the provincial budget sets out a made-on-Parliament Hill housing plan for Ontario.

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Ontario Must Move on Social Assistance Reform: Budget 2009
TORONTO (March 26, 2009) - The McGuinty government’s budget has taken important steps to reduce poverty in Ontario. However, fundamental reform of social assistance remains a necessity, particularly as growing numbers of Ontarians lose their jobs.
Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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Ontario Budget 2009: Big Stimulus, Big Deficits
by Marie-Christine Bernard, Sabrina Browarski and Matthew Stewart
The coming year will prove to be a year of “firsts” for Ontario, the traditional engine of growth in the Canadian economy. For the first time since the inception of provincial trade records in 1981, Ontario will record a net trade deficit. This unfortunate development will trickle into the medium-term outlook for the province even as U.S. consumer sentiment revives. Ontario is also poised to go from “have” to “have not” status for the first time, and it will receive $347 million in federal equalization payments.
Source:
Conference Board of Canada

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Ontario to hit record $14.1B deficit in 2009: budget
Finance minister announces accord with Ottawa to bring in single sales tax
March 26, 2009
Ontario will rack up a record $14.1-billion deficit in 2009 as it commits billions to infrastructure projects and job retraining aimed at pulling the province out of a recession, provincial Finance Minister Dwight Duncan revealed on Thursday in the tabling of his $108.9-billion budget. The fiscal plan also proposes corporate tax cuts to ease costs for struggling businesses and stimulate investment in Ontario’s sagging economy, which has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs in recent years.
Source:
CBC

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Housing, child benefit items praised
But activists argue spending falls short on improvements to welfare, child care
March 27, 2009
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Anti-poverty activists praised the Ontario budget for moving ahead with the Liberal government's pledge to fight poverty. But the measures outlined in yesterday's budget fall considerably short of the $5 billion over two years the activists had called on the government to spend to help stimulate the province's faltering economy and prevent more Ontarians from plunging into poverty.
Source:
The Toronto Star
[ More Budget Coverage in The Star <=== over two dozen budget-related links ]

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2009 Pre-Budget Consultations

[NOTE: I removed the hyperlink to the 2009 pre-budget consultations below
because the page was taken down after the budget was tabled (BOOOOOO!); I've left the text intact for the hard-core budget analysts to examine.]

Province-wide Pre-Budget 2009 Consultations:
Tell Us What You Think

View the video introduction on Pre-Budget Consultations (or read the transcript) by the Ontario Minister of Finance and Revenue, and then answer the six questions; there's a text box for your "open-ended" answer.
For example, under question #3 ("Given the current fiscal challenges, what government programs could be delayed, phased in more slowly or eliminated?"), someone who believes in social justice might answer : "There is not one single mention of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy in this 90-page Economic Statement and the related backgrounders. It appears that the Ontario Government has already decided that poverty reduction will be 'phased in more slowly', and that's not right."
[ Assignment for historians : check through Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's old diatribes when he was Opposition Leader against Mike Harris (the Tory Premier who implemented deep cuts in welfare and other social supports in the mid-1990s) to find a rant of his about why poverty reduction is all the more critical during an economic downturn. ]

Related link:

'Full steam ahead,' minister says
Government targets December for plan to help poor while Hampton demands action and not `talk'

October 23, 2008
The Liberal government says it plans to move ahead on its anti-poverty agenda, despite the dire economic outlook for the province. While Ontario slows spending in some areas, the Liberal government will not back down on its commitments to fight poverty, said Deb Matthews, provincial chair of the cabinet committee on poverty reduction and the minister of children and youth services.
Source:
The Toronto Star

 

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2009
March 26, 2009

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2009 - main budget page
- incl. links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)

* Budget Speech
* Budget Highlights
* Estimates
* The Economy

* Past Budgets
* Department of Finance

Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation
March 26, 2009
News Release
The Williams Government today unveiled Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, a financial plan that includes strategic investments to strengthen the province’s economy, while protecting and enhancing important social programs. Budget 2009 provides significant economic stimulus, benefiting the people and the communities of Newfoundland and Labrador, and includes targeted expenditures in economic development, infrastructure, health, education, poverty reduction, and the environment.

More News Releases - links to 12 releases in all

Standing Strong in the Fight Against Poverty
March 26, 2009
News Release
The Williams Government continues to stand strong and lead the way in its fight against poverty by investing $132.2 million in Budget 2009 to help individuals and families with low incomes. The 18 new significant initiatives announced today will help realize the provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy’s commitment of becoming the jurisdiction with the lowest poverty rates in Canada by 2014.

Related links:

N.L. takes calculated risk with $750M deficit
Civil service untouched, program spending increased amid financial chaos
March 26, 2009
Once flush with oil-fuelled cash, Newfoundland and Labrador said Thursday it is willing to take on a massive deficit in the coming year, while expecting a return to balanced books in relatively short order. "We're cautiously optimistic that the economy will rebound," Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy told reporters Tuesday before he brought down a budget that not only avoids cuts to jobs and programs, but also raises spending on health, social services and infrastructure.
Source:
CBC

- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

Manitoba Budget 2009-2010
March 25, 2009

Manitoba Budget 2009 - main budget page
- incl. links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)

Budget charts a balanced, steady course
Continues to Invest in Health, Training and Skills Development;
Stimulates Economy with $1.6-billion Infrastructure Investment: Selinger

News Release
March 25, 2009
Budget 2009 charts a balanced, steady course by investing in health, education and training, stimulates the economy through infrastructure investments and is the 10th consecutive balanced budget since 1999, making this the first full decade of balanced budgets by a government in Manitoba in more than 50 years, Finance Minister Greg Selinger said today.

* Budget Speech (PDF - 968K, 26 pages)
* Budget In Brief (PDF - 1MB, 2 pages)
* Budget (PDF - 687K, 46 pages)
* Budget Papers - The Economy - Supplementary Financial Information - Recent Developments in Fiscal Arrangements -Taxation Adjustments - The Manitoba Advantage - Improved Infrastructure and Fiscally Sound Economic Stimulus

* Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue (PDF - 1.3MB, 188 pages)
* Budget-related news releases:
--- Budget 2009 Highlights
--- Budget 2009 Keeps Manitoba Deficit Free With 10th Consecutive Balanced Budget
--- Manitoba's Economic Plan
--- Budget 2009 Continues To Reduce Taxes Without Running A Deficit

Source:
Manitoba Finance

Related links:

Manitoba hikes user fees, boosts spending — and posts small surplus
March 25, 2009
The government of Manitoba tabled a $12.7-billion balanced budget Wednesday that tries to stave off economic contraction by hiking tobacco taxes and user fees to pay for $226 million in new spending.
While most provinces are projecting multi-year deficits, Manitoba is forecasting a $48-million surplus for the upcoming fiscal year. But the province's accumulated debt will still climb by $861 million in 2009-10 as a result of pension obligations and increased capital investments.
Source:
CBC

- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

Yukon Budget 2009
March 19, 2009

Yukon Budget 2009 - main budget page
March 19, 2009
- includes links to all budget papers + links to previous years' budgets

2009-10 Budget Continuing to Invest in Yukon’s Future
News Release
March 19, 2009
WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon’s 2009-10 Capital and Operations and Maintenance budget, totaling $1 billion and $3 million, was tabled in the legislative assembly today by Premier Dennis Fentie.(...) This year will be the seventh consecutive year-end with a budget surplus, which includes $240.6 million in Capital spending and $762.6 million in Operations and Maintenance.

Budget papers:

2009-2010 Budget Address [PDF - 125.60 KB]

2009-2010 Budget Highlights [[PDF - 48.82 KB]

2009-2010 Financial Information [[PDF - 1126.29 KB]

2009-2010 Projections [[PDF - 48.08 KB]

2009-2010 Operation and Maintenance Estimates

2009-2010 Capital Estimates

Related link:

More spending, no tax hikes, in Yukon's $1B budget
March 19, 2009
Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie, seen speaking to business leaders on Wednesday, said his budget aims to stimulate the private sector economy and help communities.Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie, seen speaking to business leaders on Wednesday, said his budget aims to stimulate the private sector economy and help communities.
Source:
CBC North

- Go to the Yukon Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

Québec Budget 2009-2010
March 19, 2009

Québec Budget 2009-2010 - main budget page
March 19, 2009
[ version française ]
- includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)

2009-2010 Budget: Protecting jobs and preparing for recovery (PDF - 40K, 3 pages)
News Release
[ more press releases - 6 in all ]

* Budget Speech (40 pages, 672 Kb)

* 2009-2010 Budget Plan (434 pages, 2.2 Mb)
Section A - The Government's Economic and Fiscal Policy Directions
Section B - The Québec Economy: Recent Developments and Outlook for 2009 and 2010
Section C - The Government’s Financial Framework
Section D - Debt, Financing and Debt Management
Section E - Supporting Families and the Well-being of Quebecers
Section F - Supporting Jobs and Preparing for Economic Recovery
Section G - Update on Federal Transfers
Section H - Report on the Application of the Balanced Budget Act and on the Act to establish a budgetary surplus reserve fund
Section I - Report on the Application of the Act to reduce the debt and establish the Generations Fund
Section I - Additional Information – Historical Data

Additional Information on the Budgetary Measures (PDF - 132 pages, 1 Mb)
Section A - Revenue Measures
Section B - Expenditure Measures
Section C - Financial Impact of Fiscal and Budgetary Measures

The Budget at a Glance (PDF - 12 pages, 680 Kb)
1. Tackling the recession and preparing for recovery
2. Ensuring social development
3. Maintaining sound public finances

Selected Budget papers:

Status Report on Québec's Family Policy (PDF - 48 pages, 716 Kb)
Québec has gradually implemented a family policy that is now considered one of the most generous in the world. This policy is starting to yield results: the birth rate is up, the demographic trends of the 1990s have been reversed, the employment rate of women is improving, and Québec has one of the lowest child poverty rates in Canada. (...)
Québec’s family policy has three components: financial support for parents, child care and parental leave. The government wants to provide a status report on the main programs under each component, using concrete examples to demonstrate the substantial support available to Québec families.

Quebecers' Income: The Progress Achieved (PDF - 60 pages, 752 Kb)
Since 2003 the government has undertaken major tax initiatives to raise Quebecers’ income. The measures taken have made it possible to increase the real disposable income of households, and have contributed to improving the purchasing power of citizens. This document is intended to provide an update on the impact of these various initiatives benefiting individuals introduced by the government.
Contents:
Section 1 : A
n overview of these tax measures and the impact they have had on the tax situation of Quebecers in relation to the rest of North America and elswhere in the world
Section 2 :The most recent data on Quebecers’ income, how it has changed over time, and how it compares with income in other provinces.
Section 3 : factors in the level of the cost of living and changes over time to provide an instrument for measuring Quebecers’ purchasing power.

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

Saskatchewan Budget 2009-10
March 18, 2009

Saskatchewan Budget 2009-10 - main budget page
March 18, 2009
- includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)

Balanced budget will keep Saskatchewan's economy strong and steady
Budget Delivers Largest Education Property Tax Cut in Saskatchewan History
March 18, 2009
News Release
The Provincial Government today delivered the largest property tax reduction in Saskatchewan history as part of the 2009-10 Budget.

Focus on Child Welfare in provincial budget
March 18, 2009
News Release
Ensuring Saskatchewan is a healthy, safe place to live for all of our children, including those at risk, is a priority of the 2009-10 Budget. Nearly $25 million has been dedicated to improving the province's child welfare system over the next year.

* Budget Address

* Estimates (PDF - 3.3MB, 191 pages)

* Summary Book (PDF - 1.2MB, 95 pages)

* Highlights Card

* Backgrounder - Facts and Figures

Related links:

Saskatchewan budget cuts property tax, increases spending on children
NDP critic says budget is 'short-term gain for long-term pain'

March 18, 2009
Bolstered by anticipated potash revenues of nearly $2 billion, the Saskatchewan Party government’s budget promises to reduce the education portion of property tax, boost spending to the child welfare system and provide cash for initiatives such as the long-proposed children’s hospital in Saskatoon.
Source:
The StarPhoenix

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Reaction to the 2009-10 provincial budget
March 18, 2009
- includes feedback on the 2009-10 budget from over a dozen sources from the usual sectors
Source:
The Leader-Post

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Big property tax cut highlights Saskatchewan budget
Opposition says $10B spending plan is unsustainable

March 18, 2009
Saskatchewan will cut education property taxes by 14 per cent and boost spending by more than $1 billion, according to a provincial budget that shows few signs of the economic storm battering the rest of Canada. While other provinces are looking at hefty deficits amid the economic slowdown, Saskatchewan will take in $400 million more than it spends in 2009-2010, according to the budget released by Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer on Wednesday.
Source:
CBC Saskatchewan News

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Saskatchewan fits stimulus spending into surplus budget
March 18, 2009
The prairie tiger's roar softened to a purr Wednesday as Saskatchewan's government tabled a budget that promises tax cuts, stimulus spending and a surplus well short of the $2.3-billion that flooded provincial coffers last year. Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer forecast a $425-million surplus for the coming year, even while the economy absorbs a 12-per-cent spending increase, a massive property tax reduction and roller-coaster commodity prices.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

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More news coverage of the 2009-10 Saskatchewan Budget
- search results from Google.ca

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- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

Province of New Brunswick Budget 2009-2010
February 17, 2009

Province of New Brunswick 2009-2010 Budget (Main budget page)
March 17, 2009

Province provides leadership for stronger economy with 2009-10 budget
March 17, 2009
News Release
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The largest one-time tax reduction package ever introduced in New Brunswick is a major part of the province's 2009-10 budget, Leadership for a Stronger Economy, along with measures to maintain and create jobs, a commitment to return to balanced budgets, and strict controls on government expenditures. Delivered today by Finance Minister Victor Boudreau, the budget also features focused investments in priorities such as health care and education, and $1.2 billion for infrastructure projects.
- includes detailed budget highlights

* Budget Speech (PDF - 835K, 36 pages)

* NB Economy (PDF - 942K, 28 pages)

* Main Estimates (PDF - 1MB, 307 pages)

* The Plan to Lower Taxes in New Brunswick (PDF - 389K, 24 pages)

Related links:

From CBC New Brunswick:

N.B. budget cuts hundreds of millions in taxes
March 17, 2009
The New Brunswick government is unleashing a series of personal and corporate tax cuts in its 2009-10 budget as it attempts to provide a jolt to the province's faltering economy. Finance Minister Victor Boudreau announced Tuesday a four-year plan that will merge the province's four tax brackets into two with lower rates and cut corporate taxes to the lowest in the country. Under the plan, there would be tax cuts totalling $143.5 million in 2009-10; this would increase to tax cuts totalling $380.2 million in 2012-13.
[ NOTE: see "In depth: 2009-10 New Brunswick Budget" in the right-hand margin for links to over a dozen related articles ]

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[ More news coverage of the 2009-10 NB Provincial Budget ]
- search results from Google.ca

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

Budget 2009 - Province of British Columbia
February 17, 2009

[B.C.] BUDGET 2009 BUILDS STABILITY, CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE
February 17, 2009
News Release
VICTORIA – Budget 2009 supports infrastructure projects to create thousands of jobs and build opportunities in every region of the province while providing stability and confidence for British Columbians by investing in health, education and social services, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen today. (...) Budget 2009 invests almost $14 billion in infrastructure projects in every region of British Columbia. The Province will move forward on its capital plan and partner with the federal government and municipalities to build and upgrade housing, hospitals, schools and roads. These new and accelerated investments will generate as many as 88,000 jobs across B.C.
Source:
Government of British Columbia

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From the B.C.Ministry of Finance:

Budget 2009 - Province of British Columbia - Main Budget page
February 17, 2009
- incl. links to Budget Speech, highlights, backgrounders and all budget papers and related links (some of these appear below)

Budget and Fiscal Plan (PDF - 1.5MB, 162 pages)
- the main budget document; it lays out the Province’s three-year fiscal plan, including economic outlook, revenues, spending, tax measures, and forecasting risks and assumptions. PDF

Budget Highlights (PDF - 616K, 8 pages)
"(...) Fully 90 per cent of all new spending in British Columbia’s three-year fiscal plan is devoted to improving healthcare. The remaining 10 per cent is allocated to other key priorities including education and social programs. Budget 2009 continues to support families and communities. It provides new funding over three years to care for and protect vulnerable children and youth supporting healthy child and family development.
This includes:
» $110 million in funding for programs for B.C. families with children.
» $110 million in new funding for income assistance.
» $73 million for programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities."

Fiscal Plan 2009/10-2011/12 (PDF - 87K, 2 pages)
- backgrounder

Estimates, Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2010 (PDF - 2MB, 218 pages)
- the detailed breakdown of proposed spending by ministry and government agency that must be debated and approved by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Supplement to the Estimates: (PDF - 1MB, 108 pages)
- provides additional information on proposed spending organized into major categories such as salaries, grants, capital, travel, and operations.

Ministry Service Plans
- provides an overview of every ministry, including how they intend to achieve their service goals and how they support the direction laid out in the Government Strategic Plan.

Government Strategic Plan (PDF - 5.6MB, 48 pages)
- sets out an overarching vision, goals and priority actions for the Province of British Columbia for the next 10 years.

[ B.C. budgets - previous years ]

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Related links:
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From the CBC:

* B.C. plunges into red to battle economic downturn
* Highlights of B.C.'s 2009 budget
* Critics lash out at deficit budget
(all three articles above are dated February 17, 2009)

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From The Tyee:

BC Deficit Budget Cuts Spending, Offers Little Stimulus
Health and education safe but other ministries trimmed, including environment, housing, aboriginal affairs.
By Andrew MacLeod
Published: February 18, 2009

This Budget Is Toxic Fudge:
BC's government is in denial about the economic realities we face.
By Will McMartin
February 18, 2009
In a province where phoney-baloney budgets and fiscal manipulation are as common as rain, BC Liberal Finance Minister Colin Hansen's 2009/10 plan is as misleading and deceptive as any we've ever seen. The global economy, as every British Columbian over the age of three knows by now, has collapsed. Job losses are rising at an ever-increasing rate; retail sales and housing starts have plunged and commodity prices tanked; and many of the world's largest financial institutions have imploded. Federal governments of every ideological stripe, as well as U.S. states and Canadian provinces, have or are wracking up gigantic fiscal shortfalls.

Also from Will McMartin in The Tyee:

Balanced Budget Bozos:
BC politicians keep passing, then changing, laws against deficit spending. Are we nuts?
February 4, 2009

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From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

BC Budget 2009: Vanilla, No Sprinkles
February 17, 2009
By Marc Lee
Faced with a nasty recession at its doorstep, the BC budget is uninspiring and underwhelming in its ambition. Overall there is little that actively plans for a recession, preferring instead a steady-as-she-goes budget, perhaps aimed at cultivating the image of responsible economic managers in a time of crisis. There are no tax cuts or drastic spending cuts, thankfully, but nor is there any short-term assistance to the most vulnerable, nor any meaningful investments towards a long-term strategic vision.
Source:
The Lead-Up
BC Election Commentary from the CCPA

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

2009-2010 Budget - Government of the Northwest Territories
February 5, 2009

From the Department of Finance (Government of the Northwest Territories):

February 5, 2009
* Budget Address (PDF - 124K, 15 pages)
* Budget Address and papers (PDF - 844K, 58 pages)

NWT Budgets - earlier years

- Go to the Northwest Territories Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ntbkmrk.htm

 

 

Canada’s Economic Action Plan (Federal Budget 2009 - January 27, 2009)
Department of Finance Canada

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Updated to June 2011

[NOTE : this is now a separate page of links.]

From the Department of Finance Canada:

UPDATED TO SEPT. 2010:

Report to Canadians Shows Canada’s Economic Action Plan Is Supporting the Recovery
News Release
September 27, 2010
Through the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed funds to over 23,000 projects across Canada to stimulate the economy and put Canadians back to work. The announcement was made by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, together with the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, upon release of the 6th report to Canadians on the implementation of the Economic Action Plan. The Report to Canadians says the Economic Action Plan is on track to deliver a further $22 billion in federal stimulus spending in 2010-11. All of the jobs lost during the recession in Canada have now been recouped.

The Report:

Canada's Economic Action Plan:
A Sixth Report to Canadians

HTML version
PDF version
(1.4MB, 146 pages)
September 2010

Related links:
Source:
ActionPlan.gc.ca
- incl. links to:
* THE CHALLENGE * WHAT HAS BEEN DONE * THE PLAN * THE ROLLOUT * WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

ActionPlan.gc.ca is
a sub-site of Finance Canada.

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Source:

ActionPlan.gc.ca
- incl. links to:
* THE CHALLENGE * WHAT HAS BEEN DONE * THE PLAN * THE ROLLOUT * WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Also from Finance Canada:

Budget 2009: Canada’s Economic Action Plan
News Release
January 27, 2009
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled a comprehensive budget plan to stimulate economic growth, restore confidence and support Canadians and their families during a synchronized global recession. (...) Canada’s Economic Action Plan will provide almost $30 billion in support to the Canadian economy this year. In total, this is equivalent to 1.9 per cent of our total economy.

Budget 2009: Canada's Economic Action Plan
Budget home page, incl. links to all papers
January 27, 2009

Budget Speech

Budget in Brief

The Budget Plan
* HTML version - Table of Contents, incl. links to each of the four chapters and five annexes
* PDF Version (1.2MB, 343 pages) - complete Budget Plan in one file
[Factoid: In the 343-page Budget Plan, the words "women" and "poverty" appear exactly ZERO times.]

Quick Index - links to selected topics in the Budget.

Tax Savings Calculator
The Good News:

My "Total Tax Relief" for 2009 is $532.
The Bad News:

My additional out-of-pocket expenses for 2009
re. higher property taxes and higher cost of living in general will add up to $1000 or more.

Links to previous federal budgets - back to 1994

Related link from Finance Canada:

March 11 2009
International Monetary Fund Supports Stimulus Measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today welcomed an International Monetary Fund (IMF) statement of support for the fiscal stimulus in Canada's Economic Action Plan, which it called "large, timely and well-targeted." Noting the stimulus package is well above the Fund's benchmark of 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), the IMF statement said the immediate focus should be to implement the budget to mobilize spending.
Source:
Finance Canada

IMF Link:

Transcript of a Conference Call on Canada’s 2009 Article IV Consultation
Washington, D.C., March 11, 2009
Source:
International Monetary Fund

Media coverage of Budget 2009 - selected sources:
* CBC *
CTV * Globe and Mail * Toronto Star * Vancouver Sun * Google.ca News
Bad-times budget delivers billions in tax cuts, spending
Flaherty forecasts annual deficits through to 2013, starting at $33.7B

January 27, 2009
NOTE: scroll down the page for dozens of links to budget analysis
under "IN DEPTH: Federal budget 2009" (right-hand margin of the page)

Source:
CBC

Federal Budget 2009 Coverage
January 27, 2009
After months of speculation, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled a federal budget that includes $40 billion
in economic stimulus over the next two years in the form of infrastructure spending and income tax cuts.

Source:
CTV

Federal Budget 2009 : Betting on a recovery, with little room for bad news
January 27, 2009
Success of the Conservative stimulus plan may be a reasonable hope, but one fraught with risks
Source:
Globe and Mail
Also from the G&M:
Need and stimulus in harmony
January 20, 2009
Putting money in the hands of low- and moderate-income Canadians as a way to stimulate spending is an idea with remarkably wide consensus. The big banks in Toronto believe in it. Economists in Western Canada believe in it. The poor apparently don't object, either. In the current situation, it makes more sense than broad-based middle-class tax cuts. Money spent on stimulus needs to stimulate. (Middle-class tax cuts wouldn't.) It should also improve Canada's long-term productivity, where possible (permanent tax cuts would), and it should not saddle taxpayers with a permanent budget deficit (the tax cuts might). And there's an onus on government to protect those who will be hardest hit in bad times.

Tax cuts mean $5.9B loss in revenue
Tories say they want people to spend; ignore warnings not to chop across the board
January 28, 2009
By Tonda MacCharles
OTTAWA–The Conservative government has proposed widespread tax relief for small businesses, homeowners, seniors, and low- and middle-income Canadians. The budget calls for tax measures that will leave more money in more people's pockets, including the sprawling middle class, whose support the Conservatives covet. The moves will take an additional 265,000 Canadians off the tax rolls altogether, largely through changes to the basic personal income tax exemption and to the seniors' Age Credit. But the tax changes will come at a cost to the federal treasury.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Tax cuts, not spending, needed to stimulate economy: think-tank
By Eric Beauchesne
January 12, 2009
OTTAWA - The federal government should cut spending but permanently decrease personal income and business taxes in its Jan. 27 budget to stimulate the economy, the Fraser Institute advised Monday. “Increasing government spending, whether it’s on bailouts for inefficient industries or increased unemployment benefits, will lead to a deficit that will saddle Canadians with higher taxes in the future,” said Niels Veldhuis, senior economist at the Vancouver-based think-tank.
(...)
The advice, however, runs counter to that from left-leaning groups, which have called for increased spending - especially on the unemployed and low-income workers to cushion them against the impact of the recession and stimulate the economy. It’s also different from most mainstream economists and business groups, which have called for, and what Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has indicated will be in the budget, which is a combination of increased spending and lower taxes.
Source:
Vancouver Sun
Related links:

Federal Budget 2009 - News Search results from Google.ca News
Budget Analysis - various sources:
* Wellesley Institute * Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives* Canadian Union of Public Employees * Canadian Labour Congress - Campaign 2000 - Citizens for Public Justice

Fed budget 2009: Billions in new housing spending, but not for those who need it the most
January 27, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
This backgrounder provides a first glimpse at housing in federal budget 2009. Additional housing analysis, and analysis of other key issues and concerns, will be released in the coming days by the Wellesley Institute.
In a nutshell:
* Billions in new housing dollars, but who really benefits?
* Who's left out
* The driveways and decks tax credit
* Less help for those that need it the most
* Most who need housing help won't be able to get it
* Bright Northern Lights
* No new help for people who are homeless
* Re-profiling the dollars
* Housing investments : good for people, communities, economy
* More analysis to come...

$2.075b for housing in Tuesday's federal budget???
January 25, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
The federal government is busily leaking all sorts of details about Tuesday’s federal budget – a sharp departure from the usual secrecy that surrounds spending plans – and the latest “leak” from federal housing minister Diane Finley in the Sunday Toronto Star sets out $2.075 billion for housing initiatives. If the spending plans are confirmed in the budget (and it’s hard to imagine why Minister Finley would be so specific in her disclosures if she wasn’t in the know), it will mean (quoting the language in the Star):
• $1 billion to “renovate existing social housing”, including energy retrofitting;
• $600 million for on-reserve Aboriginal housing;
• $400 million for “seniors’ housing”;
• $75 million for “housing for people with disabilities”.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]

Related link:

Social housing to get boost
Poor, seniors and aboriginals expected to be among
the beneficiaries of more than $2 billion out of federal government's stimulus package
January 25, 2009
By Bruce Campion-Smith
OTTAWA–The federal government is poised to pump more than $2 billion into social housing nationwide – a sweeping investment aimed at helping the poor, aboriginals and seniors, the Star has learned. The spending is expected to be part of the aggressive stimulus package unveiled in Tuesday's federal budget and could provide a boost for tradespeople hit by the slowdown in the new housing market.
Source:
The Toronto Star

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

Federal budget leaves unemployed in the cold
January 27, 2009
OTTAWA -- Today’s federal budget leaves hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Canadians hanging on a very short rope and won’t provide the immediate stimulus our economy needs, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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Why Budget 2009 Leaves Canadians in the Cold
January 28, 2009
For Stephen Harper, the only thing that matters about the 2009 budget is that it meets the political imperatives he imposed on himself with his disastrous December fudgit-budget. On that front, he and we are in the hands of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.
But for Canadians, the only thing that really matters is how effective the budget will be as a response to the biggest economic crisis to hit this country in more than 75 years.

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Straight Goods interview with
CCPA’s senior economist Armine Yalnizyan on the budget
(YouTube video)
January 27, 2009
[ Straight Goods ]

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Five tests for Canada’s next federal budget
Press Release
January 23, 2009
OTTAWA— The January 27 federal budget will be one of the most important in Canada’s history and should meet five key tests, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). “What’s in this budget matters, more than ever,” says CCPA Senior Economist Marc Lee. “Canadians expect a budget that will stave off the worst of the current recession, keep and create jobs, and lay the groundwork for a fairer, greener, and more sustainable economy.”

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More stimulus required in Tuesday’s budget
Editorial
January 23, 2009
News on Thursday of the government’s stimulus plans should come as a disappointment to Canadians. The Conservative’s continued underestimation of the economic crisis will force Canadians to suffer higher job losses and a longer recession than necessary.

Alternative Federal Budget 2009: Beyond the Crisis (PDF - 1.5MB, 151 pages)

Budget in Brief (PDF - 210K, 12 pages)

Version française:
Budget en bref - Alternative budgétaire pour le gouvernement fédéral 2009 (PDF - 236Ko., 13 pages)

Source:
Alternative Federal Budget
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
]

An economic stimulus plan for Canada’s economy and its people
Editorial
January 13, 2009
By David Macdonald & Armine Yalnizyan
In the weeks leading up to the January 27 federal budget, Jim Flaherty is hinting that he will turn, once more, to the traditional Conservative fix for everything: tax cuts. Not only is this response yesterday’s news, it is the wrong answer for today’s problems. Tax cuts are not the kind of economic stimulus that would re-ignite consumer confidence, and there’s proof of that south of the border.

Related link:

Alternative Budget stimulus package injects
2% of GDP into economy and creates 407,000 jobs

Press Release
January 6, 2009
OTTAWA—Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released the Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) fiscal stimulus plan, a one-year package that would create 407,000 jobs, boost the economy by 3%, and help protect Canadians from the worst of a recession.

Complete report:

Leadership for Tough Times:
Alternative Federal Budget Fiscal Stimulus Plan
(PDF - 330K, 28 pages)
January 2009

Source:
Alternative Federal Budget - incl. links to over two dozen earlier alternative budget papers
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.]

Harper “stimulus” budget falls far short
January 29, 2009
Faced with the prospect of losing their grip on power, the Harper government has made a big show of taking action to address the economic and financial crisis, but it still falls far short of what is needed to revive the economy, create jobs and protect the vulnerable.

CUPE's Budget Analysis
- includes links to separate analyses (posted between January 28 and January 30) for the following:
* Federal Budget 2009 and Women
* Federal Budget 2009 and Water
* Federal Budget 2009 and Early Learning and Child Care
* Federal Budget 2009 and Municipal Infrastructure
* Federal Budget 2009 and Privatization
* Federal Budget 2009 and Health Care
* Federal Budget 2009 and Employment Insurance (EI)
* Federal Budget 2009 and Post-secondary Education
* Federal Budget 2009 and Pensions
* Federal Budget 2009 and the Environment
* Federal Budget 2009 and Aboriginal Issues
* Federal Budget 2009 and Social Services
NOTE: In the right-hand margin of the CUPE Budget Analysis page, you'll also find links to the following related budget items:
* News * Reports * Fact sheets * Research papers * Briefs to government * Video * Audio * Resolutions * Economic Briefs

Federal Budget 2009: Initial Report Card
January 29, 2009
How well did the budget deliver on these three key areas of concern?
1. stimulating the economy,
2. protecting the vulnerable, and
3. saving and creating jobs by rebuilding the economy

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada’s largest union. With 570,000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

Canadian Labour Congress
Final Budget 2009 Analysis

By Andrew Jackson
January 28, 2009
- includes "What We Wanted" and "What We Got" in the following areas:
* Impact on Jobs and the Economy
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Investment in Public Infrastructure and Housing
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The Manufacturing and Wider Jobs Crisis
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Employment Insurance Benefits
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Pensions
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Support for Training and Labour Adjustment
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Federal-Provincial Transfers and the Future of Public Services
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Equality and Inclusion
*
Global Issues
NOTE: the CLC Final Budget 2009 Analysis appears on the Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog, which also includes budget-related posts by other progressive economists (See "Recent Blog Posts" in the right-hand margin of the page for links)

Source:
Canadian Labour Congress
The Canadian Labour Congress is the largest democratic and popular organization in Canada with over three million members. The Canadian Labour Congress brings together Canada's national and international unions, the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils.

January 27, 2009
Women and children last: No thank you, Mr. Flaherty! (PDF - 36K, 2 pages)
[ version française : Les femmes et les enfants en dernier: non merci, Monsieur Flaherty! (PDF - 48Ko., 2 pages) ]
Toronto – This landmark federal budget includes billions of dollars of spending and wrong-headed tax cuts but offers little support for our most vulnerable families – especially the 760,000 low income children and their mothers – who feel the double burden of job loss at the workplace and at home, says Campaign 2000, the national coalition of over 120 partners working to end child and family poverty in Canada.

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Family Security in Insecure Times:
Poverty Reduction as Poverty Prevention
Submission to
Federal Conservative Pre-Budget Consultation
January 8, 2009
By Laurel Rothman
National Coordinator, Campaign 2000
"(...) Increased public expenditures are needed to prevent further child and family poverty and to stem an even wider gap between rich and poor as Canada enters a recession. The cost of poverty is high for all Canadians. There is good evidence that as a society we either share the collective responsibility to prevent and reduce child and family poverty, or we face rising costs in health care services, criminal justice and education and reduced output due to high unemployment. The majority of Canadians agree; in a recent study, an overwhelming majority (92%) say that if other nations like the UK and Sweden can reduce poverty, so can Canada. Our choice is clear – we can pay now or pay later. Campaign 2000 believes that paying now to improve life chances and provide more opportunities for independence and success makes good sense."
Source:
Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

Related links:

Open Letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty
from the (Ontario) 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
January 13, 2008
Dear Minister Flaherty,
We are writing on behalf of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction to urge you to make social investments and poverty reduction top priorities in the upcoming January 27 federal budget. Evidence is mounting that investments in infrastructure, such as affordable housing and early learning and child care, along with strengthening the incomes of vulnerable families and adults, will reduce poverty. At the same time it will create jobs and stimulate demand in local economies across Canada.On the other hand, general income tax and GST cuts have been shown to be ineffective and a weak substitute for social investments when it comes to economic stimulus...
Source:
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
25-in-5 is a multi-sectoral network endorsed by more than 1500 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty. We have organized ourselves around the call for a Poverty Reduction Plan with a goal to reduce poverty in Ontario by 25% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years.

Related links from 25 in 5:

The Recession Relief Fund Coalition
...is pressing the federal government to support essential services to our most vulnerable people. The Coalition has launched a Declaration that also calls for a National Housing Program.

Get Real… it’s the economy, make it work for us
The Canadian Labour Congress has a plan to stimulate the economy and to create and protect jobs, pensions and public services.

Support Affordable Housing in the Budget and Stimulus Package
- Action Alert from ACORN

Flaherty must do all he can to throw Canadians a lifeline
...say Armine Yalnizyan and David Macdonald in Toronto Star op-ed (Jan 10).
Instead of the usual tax cuts, he should target tax initiatives to social investments where they'll be most effective

Source:
Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

Stimulus Package Remains a Lost Opportunity
January 28, 2009
While CPJ applauds Budget 2009 for its effort to address the economic crisis through economic stimulus, it is also a lost opportunity to make greater investments that would promote the dignity and well-being of the poor and marginalized. It also lacks adequate investments in social infrastructure or sustainable development. The budget reflects the government’s unwillingness to promote public justice through measures to protect those who will suffer the most from the economic crisis. CPJ will strengthen the call for the federal government to invest in a poverty reduction strategy and protect the most vulnerable in our society.

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Poverty Reduction Strategy needed in Budget 2009
December 17, 2008
In a letter to Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (PDF - 207K, 4 pages), CPJ calls on the government to present a "visionary stimulus package" as part of the Federal Budget anticipated for January 27, 2009.

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Vision to Action: Canada Without Poverty
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance
(PDF - 329K, 7 pages)
Pre-Budget Consultations
August, 2008

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Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship. (...)
Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue

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Federal Budget 2009 Consultations
December 11, 2008
Government Launches National Consultation on Budget Actions to Protect Canada’s Economy

Related links:

Federal Budget 2009 Consultations*
December 11, 2008
"The following ideas have been proposed as ways of providing stimulus in Budget 2009. Please rank them according to the priority they should have in the Government’s plan. If you’ve got another idea, rank that one as well. You will have the opportunity to spell out your ideas on the next screen."
Here are the six ideas you are asked to rank:
* Expedite Infrastructure Spending
* Invest in Housing
* Build strong sustainable labour markets and training incentives
* Support traditional and emerging industrial sectors
* Improve Access to Credit
* Your Idea: If you believe Budget 2009 should have a different stimulus priority, assign a ranking to this box. You will be able to explain this priority on the next screen

* NOTE: The online Federal Budget 2009 consultations ended at midnight on January 9.

Fiscal Stimulus - Budget 2009 Consultations
Powerpoint-type presentation

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

 

 

Two rhetorical questions and a rant
about the Online Federal Budget 2009 consultations:

The Finance Department consultation ended at midnight on January 9.
(See http://www.fin.gc.ca/n08/08-103-eng.asp - 4th paragraph)

< Begin rhetorical questions>

1. Why did Finance Canada cut off submissions to the pre-budget consultation on January 9 if the budget date is the 27th?
Do the Finance Canada analysts read that slowly?

2. Why doesn't Finance Canada offer links to pre-budget submissions from groups and individuals?
I searched the Finance Canada site for "2009 pre-budget consultation" and came up with exactly zero results
So much for a "transparent" budget process, I guess.

< / End rhetorical questions >

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<*Begin rant.>

December 20, 2008

Hey, Finance Canada website team --- here's a tip to make it easier for ordinary Canadians to participate in your pre-budget consultations:
QUIT CHANGING THE FRIKKIN' URL FOR THE CONSULTATIONS PAGE!!

On December 11, when Finance Canada launched its pre-budget consultation, the link was called:
Online Pre-Budget Consultations for Budget 2009

(I copied the link name and URL directly from the Finance Canada website)
Today (December 19), I received a friendly email from a visitor to my site to inform me that "my" link to the federal pre-budget consultation website was broken.
I clicked the link to see for myself (as you can, by clicking the link above) --- the click took me to a Finance Canada error page with two options : the Finance Dept. website search engine and the sitemap of the departmental website .
I selected the Finance Canada search engine option, entered "2009 budget consultation" in the search box and hit "Search Now". On the results page, I had to scroll down to the 14th link to find the "Fiscal Stimulus" presentation, and there was no other link (among the "best 63 results") to the 2009 budget consultation. PLEASE Fix your search engine so that it returns relevant results.
The sitemap of Finance Canada's website is the second option offered on the error page, and it's about as useful as the search engine. It offers links to federal budgets for 2005 to 2008 - not one word about the 2009 budget consultations.

Bottom Line:
If you *must* change your URLs after you've sent out emails to everyone on your list (which is not very swift in the first place), don't give people two options that are equally useless. Either TEST the options to ensure that they lead visitors to the correct information, or just tell people in your error message that they should start from the home page of the departmental website, where there is a clear link to the 2009 budget consultation page.

</End rant.>


Speech from the Throne
January 26, 2009
In these uncertain times, when the world is threatened by a struggling economy, it is imperative that we work together, that we stand beside one another and that we strive for greater solidarity.
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Source:
Government of Canada

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Canadians could face 'several difficult years': throne speech
Tories 'will spend what is necessary' to boost economy, Jean says
January 26, 2009
The Conservative government is presenting a six-point economic stimulus plan in this week's budget and "will spend what is necessary" to rescue Canada's sagging economy during the global financial crisis, says the throne speech delivered Monday.
- incl. links to related sites and multimedia coverage (see the right-hand margin of the page)
Source:
CBC.ca

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